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 87.32% 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 (14.99%), sales jobs (11.65%), and office and administrative support (10.08%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.01% 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.

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 55.63% 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 $39,288, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $157,152 for a family of four. However, Lafayette contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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. Lafayette also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.71% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lafayette include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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