I have been watching the rioting in Baltimore, and feel sorry for the good people who live in the riot areas. But the sad truth is that you can see when your neighborhood starts to change. If you can at all swing it, this is the time to move. Pick your neighborhood carefully.
If you study the large riots and demonstration since the 1960’s you will notice that the areas in which they occurred could be predicted. In the LA area, you never saw a riot in Hollywood, they always occur in the poor areas. You notice that I didn’t say poor minority neighborhoods, because there are minority neighborhoods, which have no problems. The same way there are white neighborhoods near large colleges that have riots.
In addition to the possibility of riots, check the crime statistics in the area to which you want to move. About 40 miles from where I live there is a white relatively rural community with an extremely high crime rate. Under no circumstances would I live there. The burglary rate is very high.
If you intend to move into a new area, spend some time checking it out. I have talked to people that moved to the country to find they had more problems than in the city. I live in a semi rural neighborhood with a low crime rate, good local law enforcement and a conservative popular. When this area begins to change, I will move.
Prior to moving into an area, talk to more than just your realtor. Subscribe to the local newspapers. Visit a local church. Talk to people who have no financial interest in where you move. Look at the people on the street, are the people friendly are the buildings maintained, this will give you information about the neighborhood.
I want to be clear about one thing I am not blaming the poor, most are good hard working people, but when the drug dealers and thugs move in, it is time to move out.
Pick where you live carefully