Lafayette is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 71,721 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Lafayette is the 11th largest community in Indiana.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lafayette is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lafayette is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lafayette who work in office and administrative support (10.40%), sales jobs (8.83%), and management occupations (7.44%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lafayette spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.76 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The overall education level of Lafayette is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.53% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lafayette in 2018 was $26,197, which is upper middle income relative to Indiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,788 for a family of four. However, Lafayette contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lafayette is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lafayette home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lafayette residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lafayette also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.46% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lafayette include German, Irish, English, French, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Lafayette is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.