Let me start by say that a licensed real estate agent in NJ is not able to answer any questions about demographics, security or crime due to our licensing regulations. AND I don't think you want to base your decision upon the personal opinions of any one person.
I suggest going straight to a public resource and getting the undisputed "facts" from a non-biased source such as the local police station, a newspaper reporter or use the internet to research neighborhood blogs, real estate website(there is usually a link to neighborhood information on these sights) and other such resources.
I also recommend you visit the neighborhood you are focused on during and after non-school/work hours and "SEE-FEEL" for yourself. Stop and speak with the people who live there (young and old alike) and then gather your own opinion about the neighborhood.
This may not be the answer you were hoping for - but it is an honest one and hopefully if you follow these suggestion you will be able to get "factual information" and form your own opinion, which - after all - is the one that counts in the long run.
I live in Gloucester Twp and I am very happy. I sell to many clients in Winslow Twp you will get alot of hoe for your money here.
But to really get your answer call local police and visit the areas. visit the schools. talk to administration
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A licensed agent will not be able to answer any questions about demographics, security or crime due to our licensing regulations. I always suggest to my buyers that you call your local police department and ask them, or check on local community blogs, real estate websites with community reports (as mentioned below) to gather more information.
Another suggestion is to visit the neighborhood on weekends and stroll around for a while to see what type of community events are taking place. Are occupants out walking their dogs, riding bikes, etc...you can gather a lot from this, and you can also ask the homeowners when you see them what they think about the neighborhood. They live there and will probably have some valuable information.
Of course visiting the neighborhood and gathering intel is easier in the warmer months when people aren't 'hibernating'.