Good question to ask especially if you're not familiar with the area.
Carson like other cities have good areas and not so good area.
Just depend on what you perceive is a good area and the price you
are willing to spend on a house.
Of course if you're qualified higher it usually follows that you're
bet would be the area is good.
As Jeremy and Stephanie, pointed out there's sites where you
can check the statistics of different cities right down to a particular Zip code.
My advice is to do your homework, jot down your most important criteria,
consult with at least 3 agents working the area, and go from there.
Hope this helps.
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