For many families, living within a school district with high standards and a good reputation is very important. My personal favorite tool for finding and comparing schools is GreatSchools. It’s easy to enter a property address and see which schools are assigned to that home, plus a rating from 1-10 of each school, and reviews from parents, students, and teachers!
Even if you do not have children, buying a home in a good school district can be an important factor for re-sale. Of course, schools grow and change over the years, so this is a more important consideration if you plan on staying in the home for only a short time (such as 5 years or less).