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The only way to get a true answer to your question would be for you to call the police department and ask them. If you can give a competent Realtor a specific address, they should be able to give you an "off the record" read on that location.
01904 is traditionally the "best" part of town by many personal judgements. There are parts of 01902 that are also desireable to many such as the Diamond District. There are also parts of 01905 that are highly desireable and over time, much harder to buy a house in than either 01904 or 01902.
My personal definition of a "good" location is an area where everyone owns where they live. I believe that if you use that as a criteria, you'll get a reliable answer. 01904 is much more predominantly single family in nature than 01902 is. By definition you will find a much higher proportion of tenants in a multifamily area.
If you'd like to give me a specific location, I'd be glad to give you my impression.
Good morning, Christina:
You can contact the local police department either in person or by phone. They would be your very best source of information. Good luck!
The area bounded by Western Ave., and Eastern Avenue down to the beach is not the best part of town. There are definitely better areas to purchase in and be more assured of a better return on your investment. The Diamond District, loosely contained within the Ocean Street, Lewis/Broad Streets and Nahant Streets neighborhood lines may be slightly better than the rest of that area, but it's still within a couple blocks of a difficult area that is more congested and made up primarily of a population much less likely to own the homes they live in.
Researching crimes statistics can be easily done online, but often times these sites are not updated as much as they should be. Your best bet for the most accurate and up to date information is seeking the help of a local police department and asking them to provide the police log for at least the last 12-24 months for the neighborhood and surrounding areas you are researching.