Federal housing laws prohibits Realtors from giving an opinion about an area. HUD can impose huge fines and risk loss of license.
This Trulia site offers demographic information & shows factual information about neighborhoods. Enter the city or zipcode in the search area.
Once you get a idea of how those areas compare against each other, then drive the areas you are interested in the most and see which areas you feel most comfortable with.
Then select a Realtor to work with solely and build rapport with them. Tell them what you want / need. Donâ€™t ask them directly where is the best area. If they know what you are looking for, they can guide you to what you need and still remain within the limits of the law.