Lafayette, CA
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Living in Lafayette


Lafayette is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 26,521 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 92.96% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lafayette is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lafayette who work in management occupations (23.27%), sales jobs (11.84%), and business and financial occupations (10.59%).

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 11.50% 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.

In Lafayette, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.23 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Lafayette use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Lafayette‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Lafayette is a pretty powerful place. 71.77% 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 $84,540, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $338,160 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 European.

Lafayette also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.08%.

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