Skip to Main Content
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+
Lafayette is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 25,381. 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 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.

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%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Lafayette
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    4
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    8
    41
  • Robbery
    15
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    155
    500
  • Theft
    1,097
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    72
    284
Home Security Options for Lafayette
Learn More
  • 24/7 Whole home protection with no contract
  • CNET Editor’s choice winner 2018

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%
Places like Lafayette
  • A+
    Moraga
    • Suburb of San Francisco, CA
    • 36 reviews
  • A+
    Mill Valley
    • Suburb of San Francisco, CA
    • 4 reviews
  • A+
    Alamo
    • Suburb of San Francisco, CA
    • 15 reviews
  • A+
    Corte Madera
    • Suburb of San Francisco, CA
    • 10 reviews
More

Lafayette Reviews

27 reviews
All Categories
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.
Start Your Review of Lafayette
Rate It!
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.