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 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.97% 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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Lafayette really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Lafayette perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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 31.52 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.

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.

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.