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 94.24% 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 (23.17%), sales jobs (11.67%), and teaching (9.18%).
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: 10.91% 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 30.74 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.
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.
If knowledge is power, Lafayette is a pretty powerful place. 73.99% of the adults in Lafayette have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Lafayette in 2010 was $67,896, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $271,584 for a family of four.
Lafayette is a somewhat 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 English, Irish, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Lafayette is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.