Lafayette

Lafayette is full of successful individuals who subscribe to the work-hard-play-hard mantra.

Welcome to Lafayette

Thriving suburb with rich and diverse lifestyle

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Tree-lined streets. A distinctive, bustling downtown. Plenty of room to roam. Sound like the perfect blend of suburban, urban, and rural living? Welcome home to Lafayette.


Situated at the midway point between Berkeley Hills to the west and Walnut Creek to the east, Lafayette merges a number of distinctive scenes to create a unique experience.


Originally settled in the mid-1800s, Lafayette served as a rural outpost for those on the way to San Francisco. Over the past half-century, the city has blossomed, developing an identity all its own—tight-knit enclaves and an energetic business district surrounded by some of central California's best scenery.


Lafayette housing is equally diverse, characterized by palatial estates and mansions, classic ranch-style residences with modern updates, and thoughtfully designed California Craftsman homes. There are also well-appointed luxury condos for those seeking high-end communal living.


What to Love

  • Gorgeous climate year-round

  • Picturesque rolling hills and abundant natural wilderness

  • Strongly supported art and cultural scene

  • Close-knit and welcoming community vibe


People & Lifestyle

To call Lafayette a suburb of San Francisco would be a disservice to the area's independent spirit. Though commuters live in close proximity to the big-city amenities of San Francisco, the distance allows for a retreat from the hustle and bustle. Residents truly have the best of both worlds.


Lafayette is full of successful individuals who subscribe to the work-hard-play-hard mantra, and the median household income is approximately $152,000. The population is also well-educated—39% of adults have a bachelor's degree, and another 33% possess a master's or higher.


There's a healthy population of retirees as well—both those who planted roots and never left and ones who sought a laid-back, outdoorsy lifestyle after retiring—with nearly 20% of the population 65 or older.



Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

One of the most significant features of Lafayette is its admired, highly walkable downtown. Major redevelopment on Mt. Diablo Boulevard between Acalanes Road and Pleasant Hill Road produced the heartbeat of Lamorinda (the collective East Bay area that includes Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga).


Restaurant row along the main thoroughfare features over 35 eateries and an abundance of boutiques and cafes. The main activity concentrates around Lafayette Circle. Highlights include Italian favorite Positano and neighborhood comfort food staple Millie's Kitchen. Specialty shops include the dazzling Orchard Nursery, Lazy K & Atrium at the western end of Mt. Diablo.


Things to Do

Due to its agricultural heritage and exceptional topography, the outdoors play a central role in crafting the city's personality. Over 25 miles of trails can be found within city limits, including those for walking, hiking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. A portion of the trail system also features part of the 17.5-mile-long Lamorinda Trail Loop, which encompasses the communities of Orinda to the west and Moraga to the south.


The popular Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area—also located off of Mt. Diablo Boulevard just east of downtown—is a treasured outdoor escape. The Res Run for Education is a must for runners, walkers, and families.


Lafayette is a community committed to the arts, with numerous local organizations promoting art, music, and drama. The most celebrated among these is the Library & Learning Center, with exhibits featuring the works of local artists. The city also showcases public art throughout the town and plays host to the annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival.


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Schools

Both the Lafayette School District and the Acalanes Union High School District serve the city of Lafayette. Several excellent schools can be found within the city boundaries, including:

  • Happy Valley Elementary School, K-5

  • Lafayette Elementary School, K-5

  • Springhill Elementary School, K-5

  • Stanley Middle School, 6-8 (well-known for its music program)

  • Acalanes High School, 9-12

Overview for Lafayette, LA

149,541 people live in Lafayette, where the median age is 37.1 and the average individual income is $34,908.13. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

149,541

Total Population

37.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$34,908.13

Average individual Income

Around Lafayette, LA

There's plenty to do around Lafayette, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

70
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
55
Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Ambassador Wine & Sprits, Deja Brew Coffee House, and Creole Flavor Sno.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 2.57 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.7 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.83 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.65 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.63 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.9 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Lafayette, LA

Lafayette has 58,608 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Lafayette do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 149,541 people call Lafayette home. The population density is 1,735.54 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

149,541

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

37.1

Median Age

48.24 / 51.76%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
58,608

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$34,908.13

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Lafayette, LA

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Primary Schools ()
Middle Schools ()
High Schools ()
Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Lafayette. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Broadmoor Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
4/5
Myrtle Place Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
N. P. Moss Preparatory Academy
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Edward J Sam Accelerated School of Lafayette
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
1/5
Ascension Episcopal School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Cathedral Carmel School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Sts Leo-Seton Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
W. D. & Mary Baker Smith Career Center
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Corporal Michael Middlebrook Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Evangeline Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
5/5
First Baptist Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 11th
No rating available
Holy Family Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Teurlings Catholic High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Lafayette Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
St Genevieve Middle School
PRIVATE
5th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
1/5
L.J. Alleman Middle School
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
5/5
Alice N. Boucher Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Edgar Martin Middle School
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
4/5
Live Oak Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Dr. Raphael A. Baranco Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Gethsemane Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
John Paul The Great Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Acadian Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Paul Breaux Middle School
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
1/5
J.W. Faulk Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
S.J. Montgomery Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Woodvale Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
4/5
J. Wallace James Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Our Lady Of Fatima School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Pius Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Thomas More High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available

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