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A Guide to Lafayette, CA

A look at the City, Neighborhoods, Schools & More


Welcome to Lafayette. CA

A city in Contra Costa County, Lafayette is known for its wealthy inhabitants and pastoral rolling hills. Incorporated in 1968, Lafayette is one of nine cities that make up the San Francisco Bay Area. Schools in Lafayette are among the best in Northern California. The Lafayette Library and Learning Center of the Contra Costa County Library is located in Lafayette.

Lafayette At-A-Glance

Part of the San Francisco Bay Area, Layfayette has its own station on the BART public transit system.  Layfayette is situated between Walnut Creek, Moraga, and Orinda, and together with the latter two towns, the city is considered locally as part of "Lamorinda." Layfayette is noted for its charming, small-town downtown, mild climate, and picturesque oak tree-studded hills.  At the heart of the downtown is the Lafayette Library and Learning Center with its unique mix of library services and lifelong learning opportunities. 


As of 2021, Lafayette is home to approximately 26,866 people. Spanning just over 15 miles, the city has a population density of around 1,786 people per square mile. The median age in Lafayette is 45.3 years. There are approximately 10.9K households in Lafayette, including 33% with children.


Lafayette has a comfortable, mild climate and gets around 28 inches of rain per year and no snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 59. On average, Lafayette has 262 sunny days per year, with July highs around 82 degrees and January lows around 35. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is 54/100, where higher is more comfortable.

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Lafayette CA Real Estate

As of January 2021, the median list price of homes for sale in Lafayette CA was $1.8M, trending up 4.1% year-over-year. The median listing price per square foot was $717. The median sale price for residential real estate in Lafayette CA was $1.7M. Lafayette is a hot seller's market with more people looking to buy than there are homes available. Many homes get multiple offers, some with waived contingencies.

The average homes sell for about 4% above the list price and go pending in about 13 days. Hot homes can sell for around 10% above the list price and go pending in about 6 days. There are 25 neighborhoods in Lafayette. Happy Valley has a median listing price of $3.5M, making it the most expensive neighborhood. Springbrook is the most affordable neighborhood, with a median listing price of $1.2M.

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Schools and Education

Lafayette is served by the highly regarded Lafayette School District. The district includes four elementary schools and one middle school (Attendance Boundaries):

Burton Valley Elementary
561 Merriewood Drive, Lafayette, CA 94549
tel:  (925) 927-3550  Visit Site

Happy Valley Elementary
3855 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, CA 94549
tel: (925) 927-3560  Visit Site

Lafayette Elementary
950 Moraga Road, Lafayette, CA 94549
tel: (925) 927-3570  Visit Site

Spring Hill Elementary
3301 Springhill Road, Lafayette, CA 94549
tel: (925) 927-3580  Visit Site

Stanely Middle School
3455 School Street, Lafayette, CA 94549
tel: (925) 927-3530 Visit Site

The Acalanes Union High School District is comprised of four comprehensive high schools serving the communities of Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, and Walnut Creek. The two high schools that serve the neighborhoods of Lafayette are Acalanes High school (1212 Pleasant Hill Rd., Lafayette), and Campolindo High School (300 Moraga Rd., Moraga).

Colleges and universities nearest to Lafayette include:

Lafayette Economy

As of 2021, the estimated median household income in Lafayette is $192,199, and the estimated per capita income is $98,555. The percentage of residents living in poverty in Lafayette is 3.4%.

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Lafayette Transportation

The nearest major airport serving Lafayette is Oakland International Airport (OAK / KOAK), with international and domestic flights from Oakland.  Another major airport serving the community is San Francisco International Airport (SFO / KSFO), with international and domestic flights from San Francisco.

Lafayette Homes for Sale

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