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Overall Niche Grade
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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 25,792. Lafayette is in Contra Costa County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Lafayette offers residents a 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
25,792

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,214,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,940
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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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
    3.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    15.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    154.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,097
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    71.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Lafayette

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$152,609
National
$55,322
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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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Love Lafayette! A very small town which is close to everything the Bay Area offers. I commute to San Francisco and it only takes about 35 minutes from BART.
First year living here. The neighborhood is extremely quiet, the neighbors are incredibly friendly, and every major city is within a 30 minute drive.