Lafayette

Lafayette is one of Colorado’s favorite neighborhoods for its “best of both worlds” benefits. Old Town Lafayette is reminiscent of previous simpler times, and home to artistic events internationally inspired restaurants and locally owned boutiques.

Welcome to Lafayette

A modern community with small-town values and charm

 

Lafayette is one of Colorado’s favorite neighborhoods for its “best of both worlds” benefits. Old Town Lafayette is reminiscent of previous simpler times, and home to artistic events internationally inspired restaurants and locally owned boutiques. Nearby, a high concentration of parks, lakes, hiking trails, and other open spaces provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, making it one of the most active and healthiest communities in the state. 


Lafayette was founded in 1888 and officially incorporated a year later. By the turn of the century, the once-prosperous coal mines began to close and were replaced with the creation of one of the first electric power grids in the nation and natural gas. Today, many businesses line downtown streets, paying tribute to the community’s old-timey past, located not far from other modern, prosperous industries found in nearby Boulder.  

 

 

What to Love

  • Old-timey downtown home to several mom-and-pop businesses
  • Active lifestyle thanks to plenty of community parks and green spaces
  • Small-town vibes and close-knit neighbors
  • Just ten miles from Boulder


Local Lifestyle

Lafayette is located just ten miles from Boulder and twenty from Denver, making commutes to urban offices simple. Good Samaritan Medical Center is one of the town’s highest-rated hospitals and a major employer in Lafayette, while local children are afforded access to a high number of advanced educational opportunities to ensure they are prepared for college and life beyond school. Days off frequently begin with a walk or jog through one of Lafayette's several parks or along the shores of Waneka Lake. Festivals, art galleries, golf courses, and cozy cafes are other favorite places to spend time, many of which are owned by hardworking locals.

 

 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Old Town Lafayette is the city’s downtown district and home to many locally-owned businesses and cafes. After enjoying brunch or a warm lunch, wander the streets to enjoy art, community-wide nights out, and other joyous local festivals.


Morning Glory is one of the community’s favorite places to start the day in Lafayette. This locally-owned cafe features organic cuisine, vegetarian options, and an all-day breakfast menu. Visitors can choose from a cozy dining room or the outdoor patio on warmer days. Green eggs and ham, breakfast burritos, omelets, and huevos rancheros are a few of Morning Glory’s best-selling items. 


Tip Top Savory Pies serves cuisine from the far side of the world. New Zealand-style meat pies containing minced meat, vegetables, and brown gravy make for quick, savory treats enjoyed in a casual setting. Tip Top also features a small market featuring an array of traditional European imports and take-and-bake pies to prepare at home.


Old Town Lafayette offers no shortage of mom-and-pop businesses to browse through, and Sol Vista Violins is one not to be missed. The owner has over three decades of experience working with and restoring violins and now offers instrument rentals to the public and local school children for excellent prices. 


Another peaceful spot for outdoor entertainment is the Indian Peak Golf Course. An 18-hole golf course, bar and grill, beautiful scenery, and lessons are a few of the perks of membership. For those not looking to play all 18 holes, the club also offers a driving range, putting green, and short game practice area.

 

 

Things To Do

Lafayette hosts a great number of fairs and festivals throughout the year, ensuring there is always something to do. The Oatmeal Festival has been one of the community’s favorites for over 25 years. A healthy event to place an emphasis on healthy habits at the beginning of the new year, the festival consists of a warming oatmeal breakfast and a lighthearted 5K walk or run. For over two decades the Lafayette Peach Festival has celebrated the town’s most famous fruit, attracting antique dealers, craftsmen, artists, and food vendors from Colorado and other surrounding states. From May through September on the second Friday of the month, Art Night Out is a festive summer gathering for attendees to enjoy food trucks, live music, shopping, and good company. Visited on a more regular basis, Waneka Lake Park is an outdoor site frequently enjoyed by all. Waneka Lake Park is home to sports courts and fields, walking paths, barbecue grills, and picnic tables, a playground, fishing, and spots for nature watching. 

 

 

Schools

Lafayette children attend wonderful educational institutions to help better prepare them for their futures. Some options consist of:


  • Centaurus High School, grades 9-12; CHS has partnered with the CU-Boulder Engineering program to offer an advanced STEM program
  • Peak to Peak Charter School, kindergarten-12th grade; U.S. News & World Report ranked Peak to Peak as the second-best school in the state of Colorado

 

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Overview for Lafayette, CO

38,879 people live in Lafayette, where the median age is 39.8 and the average individual income is $55,757.26. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

38,879

Total Population

39.8 years

Median Age

High

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

$55,757.26

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Lafayette, CO

Lafayette has 15,722 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. 38,879 people call Lafayette home. The population density is 1,171.23 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

38,879

Total Population

High

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

39.8

Median Age

50.01 / 49.99%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
15,722

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$55,757.26

Average individual Income

Marital Status

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Separated

Commute Time

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

Schools in Lafayette, CO

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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
4/5
Peak to Peak Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 12th
5/5
Pioneer Bilingual Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Alicia Sanchez International School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Justice High Charter School
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Lafayette Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Adventure Montessori Learning Center
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available

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