Population: 25,381Median home value: $1,127,400 85 Ranks better than 98% of areas

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A+ Lafayette Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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F Lafayette Cost of Living Cost of living is 67% higher than California
231131% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lafayette cost of living
A+ Lafayette Crime Total crime is 91% lower than California
Total crime
25391% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 39691% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-88%Year over year crime is down
Lafayette crime
A+ Lafayette Employment Household income is 124% higher than California
Median household income
$142,977158% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$76,726157% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%33% lower than the US average
Lafayette employment
C- Lafayette Housing Home value is 175% higher than California
Median home value
$1,127,400510% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,81691% higher than the US average
Home ownership
73%14% higher than the US average
Lafayette real estate or Lafayette rentals
A+ Lafayette Schools HS graduation rate is 22% higher than California
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
81%64% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:119% higher than the US average
Lafayette K-12 schools

Living in Lafayette, CA

Lafayette, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 25,381 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Lafayette is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 87% of the population considered married and 52% with kids under the age of 18, Lafayette could be considered a very suitable city for families.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Lafayette, California. To help you find the best places to live in and around Lafayette, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like cost of living, weather, education, housing and more.

Using data and statistics Lafayette has received a livability score of 84 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 98th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a phenomenal score, as Lafayette ranks well in multiple categories! Lafayette has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that Lafayette ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (B+), education (A+) and employment (A+). Unfortunately for Lafayette, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Lafayette, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Lafayette gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 26 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

The average school test scores in Lafayette are 81%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Lafayette real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Lafayette. Median real estate prices in Lafayette come in at $1,127,400, which is 175.4% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lafayette, the home price to income ratio is 7.9, which is 23.4% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Lafayette area were 6.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 12.1%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Lafayette, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Lafayette, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Crocker Highland, Oakland828.12,280
Upper Rockridge, Oakland827.15,996
Montclair, Oakland816.54,011
Forestland, Oakland805.51,954
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Shepherd Canyon, Oakland8061,863
Merriwood, Oakland805.93,273
Glen Highlands, Oakland796.51,473
Panoramic Hill, Oakland796.21,751

Best Cities Near Lafayette, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA8911.2228
Los Altos, CA8636.130,238
Lafayette, CA85025,381
Mill Valley, CA8523.114,318
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hillsborough, CA8426.511,312
Contra Costa Centre, CA844.36,190
Los Altos Hills, CA8436.28,376
Belvedere, CA8419.22,017

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Lafayette: A Beautiful California City

Lafayette is an incredible small city across the bay from San Francisco. It is tucked in between many small parks that are very fun to spend time in, no matter what time of year it is. The Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area is definitely the best area in Lafayette. If you are looking for a calm, friendly city than Lafayette will serve you very well.

I've been living in Lafayette for a while now and hope to never move away. Yes, it's a very expensive area to live in even by California standards but it's worth it. There are a lot of startups in the area which is great for recent grads or people looking to branch out on their own. It's also a very safe city which is a big plus.

The downtown area has a decent amount of stores and restaurants to choose from, so you probably won't have to go to far to get what you need. Overall, it's a great city for people of every age.
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