Do You Live in a Safe Neighborhood?
6 Tools to Find Out

How Safe is Your Neighborhood?

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Safety is one of the most important things to consider when relocating to a new city, buying a home, or even doing research on your current community. Since safety encompasses everything from your peace of mind to your home's resale value, it's vital you have access to local crime information.

Luckily, there are online tools available that help you determine how safe a neighborhood is. These invaluable resources make it easier for you to choose a home, identify crime trends in your current community, or if you plan to relocate, find which cities are the safest to move to.

The resources we found are easy to use, come with a bevy of unique features, and most don't charge a fee to use them. With these things in mind, these are the websites you should use when learning how safe your neighborhood is.

1. NeighborhoodScout

NeighborhoodScout is a one-stop resource for all your community research needs. With it, you can use its search bar on its homepage to type in an address or city you live in now or are considering moving to. From there, NeighborhoodScout compiles over 300 data points including crime stats, public school reports, appreciation reports, popular neighborhoods, and more.

This resource also gives you the ability to use its map to click on a specific area of a city. Once you do this, you can access detailed crime data such as property and violent crime comparisons relative to the city and state level. It also has a feature where you can see what your chances of becoming a victim of crime in that community are.

If you love the community you live in now and want to find a comparable one if you must relocate, you can use its match feature. How this works is you type in your current address, and then enter the city and state of where you plan to move. NeighborhoodScout provides you with a list of communities in your new city that most match what you are used to.

You can access most of NeighborhoodScout's features for free. The website also has a subscription based service where you receive total access to localized crime data, public school quality ratings, and more for as little as $15.99 monthly.

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