Lafayette, CO
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Lafayette is a medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 27,729 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Lafayette is the 26th largest community in Colorado.

Housing costs in Lafayette are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Colorado.

Lafayette is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.81% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lafayette is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lafayette who work in management occupations (13.58%), office and administrative support (11.74%), and sales jobs (10.85%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.66% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

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 bus. 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. 55.00% 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 $38,084, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $152,336 for a family of four. However, Lafayette contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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. Lafayette also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.46% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lafayette include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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