While every community has it's less desirable parts of town, what one person considers bad, another person may feel completely at home in. Also, affordability plays a key role in what community you may choose to live in. Ponte Vedra is a very nice, ocean side community with multi million dollar homes. Springfield is a relatively inexpensive historic community close to downtown. While it is fairly safe, it does have it's share of gritty urban street life. So it just depends on what you're looking for.