Community is an important factor when buying a new home. What community facilitates your life style? Most people choose their community because of school zoning. Do you want your children to go to city schools? County schools? Is there an elementary school that you prefer?
Maybe schools aren't important to you. Or, maybe you want to consider more factors. Consider proximity of communities. What do you like to do? Do you want to be in walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores, bars, library, and/or public transportation? Consider your commute to work, school, or other areas you frequent.
Finally, explore the neighborhoods. Do you like the way it feels? Do you feel comfortable? Do you prefer the peace of the country or being in the city? If you find a neighborhood that you like, talk to people that live there. This will help you get a sense of the culture of the community you are prospecting.