Lafayette is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 72,168 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Lafayette is the 11th largest community in Indiana.
Lafayette is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Lafayette is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lafayette who work in office and administrative support (11.34%), sales jobs (8.62%), and food service (7.24%).
One of the benefits of Lafayette is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.95 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The citizens of Lafayette are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.68% of adults in Lafayette having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lafayette in 2010 was $24,851, which is upper middle income relative to Indiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,404 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 Black or African-American. Lafayette also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.79% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lafayette include German, Irish, English, Dutch, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Lafayette is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.