As part of Federal Fair Housing and various other laws, there are many questions I cannot answer. For example, I cannot tell you:
- If a home/neighborhood is safe. (Not to mention that your definition of “safe” and my definition are probably very different. And it’s just my luck that, if I DID tell you a neighborhood was “safe,” you’d be the victim of a crime within the first month in your home.)
- If a subdivision is “family-friendly.”
- How many people of (insert race or religion here) live in a particular community.
What I can do, however, is tell you how you can discover most of the information for yourself.
If you are interested in the demographics of a neighborhood, visit the closest grocery store in the evenings or on the weekend. If being in a “family-friendly” neighborhood is important to you, pay attention to the yards when driving around the neighborhood. Are there swingsets in the backyard? Do you see bikes, tricycles, or big wheels in the driveway? If you drive through the subdivision after school is out, do you see children playing?
When determining what areas to search for your new home, if safety is of importance to you, start with cross-checking some crime mapping sites online*, such as:
For information on the sex offender registry, you can check the state website by clicking here.
It is important to know if a home you’re considering has ever been identified as a meth-making facility AND if remediation has taken place. Remediation can easily run in the 10’s of thousands of dollars, so you want to be sure that has already happened if you are considering a known site. While not all jurisdictions report these statistics, here are a few sites where you can conduct online searches:
If the demographic makeup of a neighborhood is important to you, you can check the local school’s enrollment records through the state’s website by clicking here.
*These lists are not exhaustive, and no representation is made as to the accuracy of the information. You are encouraged to cross-check multiple sites and verify the information with local authorities.