Lafayette 87 Exceptional
Lafayette Livability #2 ranked city in California#573 ranked city in the USARanks better than 98% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Lafayette Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Lafayette Cost of Living Cost of living is 68% higher than California
235135% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lafayette cost of living
A+ Lafayette Crime Total crime is 68% lower than California
Total crime
89865% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 11265% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
255%Year over year crime is up
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
A+ Lafayette User Ratings There are a total of 5 ratings in Lafayette
Overall user rating
92% 5 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
93% 4 total surveys
all Lafayette poll results

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      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.

      Lafayette transportation information

      Average one way commute31min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work65.1%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool3.0%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit18.5%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.3%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home9.9%5.4%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (2)27354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0 (18)134711

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      Source: The Lafayette, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).