A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$281,700
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,222
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%

Lafayette Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    29
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    61
    41
  • Robbery
    22
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    249
    525
  • Theft
    1,693
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    94
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$70,714
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Lafayette Reviews

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I have lived in Lafayette for my entire life, and the town has grown tremendously in positive ways over the past 17 years. There are many different elementary schools, one of which focuses on TAG students and another that focuses on teaching students to be bilingual. The middle school and high school are also very good schools. Main street (public road) is a very lovely center of town, and since the creation of Eats and Sweets and Festival Plaza, extremely family friendly. There are places for children, teens, and adults alike in the town, including parks, recreational facilities, and specialty coffee houses, and many new and local beer breweries. The town has a large Hispanic population, which everyone in the area embraces wholeheartedly. There is a very nice mix of chain and local businesses that give the town a unique atmosphere. Overall it is a very nice place to live!
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I love the atmosphere of Lafayette, CO. I wish this small town would have more community festivals to share and expand current and new businesses. Having the community get together makes this city a more beautiful home to not only myself but to everyone who lives here!
Lafayette is pat of Boulder County. Lafayette has been up and coming for many years. It's hard to move in to a really nice place because housing is becoming scarce because Boulder has few houses at a reasonable price. That being said Lafayette and the neighboring cities are all family friendly with many activities for kids. Lots of outdoor things to do for parents. Night life in Boulder is good. A lot of good restaurants are opening in Lafayette and Boulder itself has many top notch dinning places. There is rough 300 plus days of sun light in Lafayette and winters are very mild comparable to other places. Lafayette is a really good place to live and raise children.