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.
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 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%).
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 18.32 minutes getting to work every day.
A lot of people in Lafayette take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Lafayette, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The citizens of Lafayette are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.11% of adults in Lafayette having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.