My suggestion is that you use one or more of the websites that appraise property -- because these websites will tell you about the schools in the area and the population. Here is one that I use frequently --- zillow -- and you can get information and a map by punching the address into the search engine:
I do not know of any website where you can actually find the crime rate -- but you might try the police department website or even a telephone call to the police station to see if anyone can give you crime statistics for the area you are considering renting.
I hope that helps. Best of Luck.
I apologize for the delay -- I was offline for a bit. From my experiences with Zillow and Housevalues.com and eppraisals.com I typically enter the address and there is a lot of information about the neighborhoods that these properties are located in. The values are at the top of the pages, yes -- but if you scroll downward you can see information about the neighborhoods -- schools, stores in the area, that sort of thing. I think you are correct to use several different sources because I do not think you are going to be able to find your answers all from one source.