Go to your local library and ask for their "Criss Cross" directory. You should be able to find the neighborhood in there you are interested in.
If there is a solid black dot by a lot of people's names in the neighborhood you are interested in - this is a good sign. This means that the home is owner occupied.
If there is no black dot by the name, that means the person who owns the home doesn't live in it and it is a rental property, aka "tenant occupied."
A "good" neighborhood usually has a good ratio of owner occupants versus tenant occupants. Of course, crime statistics would help as well. But most of the time, if an area is heavily saturated with tenants, crime is sure to follow.... more