I get a lot of question from clients or future clients about their neighborhood or the neighborhood their looking to buy in. I saw your post the other day and got to thinking where can I find the info your looking for..I don't have all the answer, but I do know where to find them at a website that can help you find the information your looking for;
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Hope this helps, lots of good stats you can search by zip, city, state or neighborhood.