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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
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,127,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,816
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    11
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    8
    41
  • Robbery
    19
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    248
    500
  • Theft
    1,097
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    156
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$142,977
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    34%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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Lafayette Reviews

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The fact that traffic is horrible is a testament as to Lafayette being a popular place to be. It is also an indicator that older residents and feeling a bit resentful that the town has a more urban feel to it than the sleepy rural feeling it had just a decade ago. Good restaurants, a couple of fun bars, great schools & athletics, clean and green area with ample nature just walking distance from anywhere. Because of it's proximity to San Francisco, the wine country and Tahoe, it is expensive - but because of what it is and people wanting to raise families here, it is understandable.
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I love the quiet East Bay town of Lafayette. I has beautiful scenery, great food, nice people, and an amazing school district. The only downside is that it lacks in diversity. Overall, it is an amazing pocket of quiet in the otherwise busy bay area.
Lafayette gives you that hometown feel. Almost like Gilmore Girls. Although Lafayette is high priced and full of snobs, there are always those who make the difference. Many people in the community give back and that's one of the things I love most about it. People are supportive of each other, which creates that special hometown feel that I love.