Your best best is to check with the local police or sheriff's department to check on crime statistics on the community. I always advise the client to do this when they are concerned. Also, ask them to back out the white collar crime from the statistics. Hope this helps and good luck.
You can enter in a city, and it tells you EVERYTHING - Crime Statistics, school, ethnic demographics - anything you want to know about and area. We were able to narrow our search quite considerably based on the data from here - was invaluable.
There is another site that has you fill out a questionnaire and it picks a list of best cities based on your criteria ... can't remember it right now.
For school report cards. Very helpful.
Use your resources, Google names of towns, schools, and developments - if there is dirt, it will turn up. Good luck!
Agents on Trulia and in your city will gladly give you web links to find out crime statistics, demographics and other neighborhood issues on your own. It is suggested that you are computer literate enough to use search engines in addition to provided links. .
Due to fair housing laws we are not allowed to give you demographics information as that could be considered to be encouraging discrimination.
You have to take the responsibility yourself to obtain information that Realtors are either not expected in their professional duties to provide. Everything outside of the property lines is considered off site.
Realtors provide to you the sources to obtain the desired information, but cannot do all the research themselves. Nor should they.
Realtors disclose all material facts about a property under consideration, that they are required to disclose by ethical guidelines and legal requirements
This website will give you stats, LOTS of blogs, etc...
For crime go to the local law enforcement agency and for schools go straight to the state accountability website. Also, check out one of the numerous sites for registered sex offenders.
There are so many resources out there online. I encourage you to look at them all and research for more. FYI, Realtors can't get this information for you due to federal law. I wouldn't it assume they don't want you to know. If you are working with a Realtor ask if they know of any resources you should check before buying.
Best of luck.