Just like any other city, there are good and bad areas of Tucker. Although a Realtor can't tell you specifically what is going on, a good one would probably help in this move. Give me a call if you need one. *wink*
I can be reached at 770-374-4667
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Good luck to you and best wishes for a safe move with your family!
Some of the negative things you see below probably have to do with diversity. Tucker has become much more diverse over the past ten years and this change is frightening to some residents. Others see this as a huge benefit to the community and find the diversity enriches our lives.
The schools have a long history of perfroming well but have taken a hit on the standardized test lately. Part of the problem is an influx of non English speeaking students and also students for whom English is not their native language. Yes, standardized testing is a problem for this group and they do perform poorly on standized testing as compared to less diverse populations. BUT, these are typically bright children and they catch up before they get to college age. Tucker students are in my opinion actually performing at a much higher level than their colleagues as their test scores are averaged down by students not yet proficient in English. Tucker HS has a new building and an International Baccalaureate Degree program
Tucker is a safe neighborhood with a police station located in town. We feel safe here and our biggest security issues are usually a burglary here and there or a vandalized car. Yes, there are urban problems but they are held in check.
I represented 20 plus buyers and sellers of Tucker homes in 2009 and live in the Northlake area next to Tucker. Tucker is my go to business area for restaurants, grocerys, vet, services, hardware and parks. It has a small town feel and big city conveniences.
This is a nice area with convenient access to many parts of Atlanta. Her daughter just graduated from Tucker High. Housing is still very affordable in the Tucker area.
I've lived in Tucker on the Gwinnett side for two years. I've found the neighborhood to be pretty safe, although there is some low-level drug dealing. The location is great because of its proximity to Atlanta and Decatur, but the neighborhood is in transition. Publix, Wayfield (grocery stores) and Eckerd (drug store chain) have all closed stores in Tucker-Gwinnett in the last year or so. If you are looking to buy, I would probably look on the DeKalb side of Tucker.
You may also want to check out the City of Decatur, which has some phenomenal schools.