Easton is pretty mixed overall both economically and racially. There are certain sections that are really beautiful and have that antique-y feel but there are also blocks that look really run-down. You would really have to go check it out for yourself to see if you would be comfortable living in the area. On top of this, Palmer specifically can get really rural in areas too since it is a rather large township. We have lived in Easton for almost 2 years now and to be honest, certain sections I would not want to live in. Depending on your budget, you might want to check out Forks Twp. which is very much an up and coming suburb (with lots of ex Jersey and New York residents--many who still commute!) but the houses tend to be almost triple what they would cost in downtown Easton or Palmer. The plus side of Forks is that it really seems safe.