If you are concerned with the crime than you have to do your own research (sorry the law).
I am pretty sure that you have done some research on Lynn but just in case:
You can also ask specific questions at http://www.city-data.com
Best of luck and welcome to Mass.
In general, most streets off Western Ave are not really streets I would want to live on. I'm a mortgage broker, and my business is not really finding people properties- so I think I can say this...
It's all relative. There are many neighborhoods in New Orleans that are similar or "worse" (not my word) than many of the streets or areas of Lynn. Depends what you're used to. Good Luck. Thanks,
I grew up in the nearby Saugus, MA. I'm going to tell you what these other folks won't. Lynn is VERY dangerous. It is easily the most dangerous area on the north shore area. Salem and Revere are not that great either...but they are considerably better than Lynn, especially if you can find a family neighborhood.
People from Lynn tend to be very loyal to Lynn....which is nice....but they usually won't tell you about thecrime, drugs, horrible schools, gangs (yes, Gangs!)
If you are single and want to live inexpensively, then a nice section of Lynn would probably be okay....but if you have kids....I would avoid it. Try Peabody if you are concerned about affordibility.
What I like from Lynn, it is close to beaches, it has one of the largest municipal reserves , Lynwood, it is closed to 3 malls, it is 15 minutes from Salem and 20 minutes from Boston.
The best areas, Pinehill, and the diamond area.
You can contact the local police department either in person or by phone. They would be your very best source of information. Good luck!