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Overview

Introduction to Lafayette, California

Lafayette, California, in Contra Costa County, is 3 miles SW of Walnut Creek, California (center to center) and 10 miles NE of Oakland, California. Surrounded by the Oakland metro area, the city is not isolated. 

Lafayette History

The Indians of the Saclan tribe of the indigenous Bay Miwok as well some Ohlone Indians were among the first settlers in this region. In the late 1700s, Catholic missions were founded in the region. This foreign invasion led to strife and many years of discord between the Spanish and the Saclan. The area was colonized by the Spanish in 1797 after a battle between the two. The current region of Lafayette was originally a part of a land grant, Rancho Acalanes, which was bought by the American settler Elam Brown in 1848. Benjamin Shreve, the owner of a roadside hotel-general store, applied for a permit to establish a post office in the year 1857 under the name "Centerville," however this name was already in existence; Instead he requested the name 'La Fayette,' after a French hero of the American Revolution. By 1890, the name had been modified to "Lafayette."

Lafayette and Nearby Attractions

  • Lafayette Branch Contra Costa County Library.
  • Lafayette Town Hall.
  • Brookwood Reservoir.
  • Lafayette Cemetery.
  • Brook Street Park.

Things To Do In Lafayette

The stunning city of Lafayette has a county library, a town hall and a cemetery which offers a great opportunity to discover the history of the area. There are three reservoirs: the Brookwood Reservoir, the Leland Reservoir and the Lafayette Reservoir. There's also Lafayette Creek and Grizzly Creek, where one can go for fishing, boating and picnicking. Visitors can also picnic with family and friends at any of the parks around the city which have shaded picnic tables, benches and drinking fountains for the benefit of the visitors. The city has 16 miles of hiking trails and is also host to the very popular Lafayette Art & Wine Festival.

Lafayette Transportation

The local airport is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport.

Lafayette Higher Education

Diablo Valley College is the local college.

Demographics

People

Total Population25,381
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens18.4%
Employed Population 16+11,596
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married62.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher72.6%
Median Earnings25+$83,310
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$80,156
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,333

Wealth

Median Family Income$184,101
% Above Poverty Level94.7%
% Below Poverty Level5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home9.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation18.5%

Housing

People Living Alone18.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,816
Median House Value$1,127,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.5%
Irish15.8%
English15%
Italian9.7%
Scottish3.9%
Russian3.6%
French Except Basque3.4%
Polish3.3%
Norwegian3.1%
Swedish2.4%
Portuguese1.7%
Dutch1.5%
Hungarian1.3%
Swiss1%
Arab0.9%
Austrian0.8%
Greek0.7%
Finnish0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Czech0.7%
Romanian0.6%
Iranian0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
US/American0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Croatian0.4%
African0.4%
Brazilian0.3%
Egyptian0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Basque0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
German0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
South African0.1%
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Lafayette Almanac

CategoryValue
County Contra Costa County
Standard Zip Codes94549
Phone Area Codes925
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.9
Approximate Longitude-122.11

Lafayette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationBERKELEY
Distance8.3 miles
Jan Temp44 to 56 F
Apr Temp49 to 64 F
Jul Temp55 to 70 F
Oct Temp54 to 70 F
Annual Precip25.4 inches
StationUPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
Distance8.7 miles
Jan Temp42 to 58 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp54 to 75 F
Oct Temp52 to 73 F
Annual Precip26.3 inches
StationMOUNT DIABLO JUNCTION
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp39 to 56 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp60 to 85 F
Oct Temp52 to 74 F
Annual Precip23.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Danville43,758$165,955
Moraga16,977$169,375
Orinda18,936$223,333
Piedmont11,201$226,742
Pleasant Hill34,395$113,302
Walnut Creek67,568$116,705

Lafayette Public Schools

Acalanes High
1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
ZIP: 94549
High
Total Enrollment 1396
Burton Valley Elementary
561 Merriewood Dr.
ZIP: 94549
Primary
Total Enrollment 771
Happy Valley Elementary
3855 Happy Valley Rd.
ZIP: 94549
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Lafayette Elementary
950 Moraga Rd.
ZIP: 94549
Primary
Total Enrollment 554
M. H. Stanley Middle
3455 Sch St.
ZIP: 94549
Middle
Total Enrollment 1178
Springhill Elementary
3301 Springhill Rd.
ZIP: 94549
Primary
Total Enrollment 487

Lafayette Private Schools

Contra Costa Jewish Day School
3836 Mt Diablo Blvd
ZIP: 94549
Elementary
Total Enrollment 144
Diablo Valley Montessori School
3390 Deer Hill Rd
ZIP: 94549
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Meher Schools
999 Leland Dr
ZIP: 94549
Elementary
Total Enrollment 196
St Perpetua School
3445 Hamlin Rd
ZIP: 94549
Elementary
Total Enrollment 279
The Child Day School - Lafayette
1049 Stuart St
ZIP: 94549
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
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