Lafayette, CA
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Lafayette is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 26,440 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 94.47% 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 (23.85%), sales jobs (10.69%), and business and financial occupations (8.96%).

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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Lafayette telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.97% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Lafayette is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Lafayette’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Lafayette, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.52 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Lafayette is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Lafayette area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Lafayette, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Lafayette is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 71.74% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lafayette in 2010 was $81,972, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $327,888 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, German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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