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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  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+
Lafayette is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 26,060. Lafayette is in Contra Costa County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Lafayette offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lafayette there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Lafayette and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Lafayette are highly rated.
About Lafayette...
Population
26,060

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,302,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,019
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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Lafayette Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    3.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    156.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,064.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    40%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Lafayette

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$157,453
National
$55,322
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Lafayette Reviews

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I never lived in lafayette but I went to school in that city since I was 7 years old. Being Caucasian IN SUCH A WHITE RICH community was tough at times. Yes I made a few friends in my grade school through high school years but overall, people there are not as welcoming and open to outsiders and newcomers especially if you don't live there. Academics are excellent but extracurriculars have their flaws- a lot of favoritism and too much pressure within the children. Parents tend to be too competitive and hard on their children. You definitely learn to be discipline for SURE from challenging academics and the athletic programs there would make your children active but I think adults need to relax a bit towards their children. Let your children grow as people and let them enjoy their childhood. Time flies too fast.
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Lafayette is a nice town, full of kind people. As a student, I have loved going to school here. This was a great town to grow up in. It is safe, small, and beautiful. The diversity is fairly limited, but our schools make a point to educate students on diversity related topics, so students are aware. Lafayette is filled with adults who are involved and invest a lot of time into their town. Lafayette is close to San Francisco, but far enough that we miss a fair amount of the hustle and bustle.
Lafayette is a very wonderful suburb to live in, it is clean, family friendly, and an excellent place to raise your children. Diversity is a little low and as a black male, at times it can feel alienating, but the folks here are very nice and are extremely welcoming of every voice, gender, race, and so forth.