Lafayette, IN
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Lafayette is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 71,111 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Lafayette is the 11th largest community in Indiana.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lafayette is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (11.33%), sales jobs (10.51%), and food service (8.16%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.55 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall education level of Lafayette is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.50% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Lafayette in 2010 was $21,431, which is middle income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,724 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 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 12.58% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lafayette include Irish, English, Dutch, and Polish.

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