Lafayette is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 71,782 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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lafayette who work in office and administrative support (12.24%), sales jobs (9.78%), and food service (7.00%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lafayette spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.32 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Lafayette has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Lafayette has quite a high level of public transit users. Lafayette’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
The education level of Lafayette citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.11% of adults in Lafayette have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lafayette in 2010 was $23,080, 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 $92,320 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 11.55% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lafayette include Irish, English, Scottish, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Lafayette is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.