Lafayette, CA
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Lafayette is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 25,843 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Lafayette is the 282nd largest community in California.

Lafayette home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Lafayette real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Lafayette is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.64% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lafayette is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lafayette who work in management occupations (23.63%), sales jobs (10.90%), and business and financial occupations (9.05%).

Of important note, Lafayette is also a city of artists. Lafayette has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Lafayette’s character.

Also of interest is that Lafayette has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.88% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Lafayette is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Lafayette a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Lafayette has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Lafayette’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Lafayette is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Lafayette, the average commute to work is 30.45 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Lafayette is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Lafayette, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Lafayette. 74.63% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lafayette in 2010 was $72,499, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $289,996 for a family of four.

Lafayette is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lafayette home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lafayette residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Lafayette include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Lafayette is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.