Allison provided a great resource which will allow you to come to your own conclusions; however a few other suggestions or things to consider are the community activities and events that are scheduled (link provided below.) In addition maybe take a drive Saturday morning in a neighborhood your interested in there are bound to be yard sales, dog walkers, lawn mowers...well you get the idea. In addition you can ask a mail man, teacher, police officer. These conversations will be surprisingly telling and insightful - An agent or Real Estate Professional will generally avoid talking about topics such as this for liability and legal reasons.
Investors regularly do the above activities to understand an area. I also to encourage you to check out Schnepf farms for the Pumpkin and Chili Festival going on this month at http://www.schnepffarms.com/ My family and I reside in the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley area and attend this festival every year. Should you have additional questions please visit my trulia profile where you can contact me in a number of ways and learn more about the services I provide.