Welcome to Lafayette

Eclectic charm in Boulder County

Lafayette, Colorado, nestled in the picturesque Boulder County, is a vibrant and growing community that embodies the harmonious blend of small-town charm and suburban convenience. With its roots reaching back to the coal mining days of the late 19th century, Lafayette has evolved into a thriving, culturally rich town that celebrates its heritage while embracing innovation and diversity.
From its rich past to its vibrant present, Lafayette remains a gem in the Denver metropolitan area, a place where history is cherished, community is celebrated, and the future is approached with enthusiasm and care. For those who call it home, Lafayette is not just a location; it's a way of life

What to Love

  • Home to an array of parks, trails, and outdoor spaces ideal for hiking, biking, and picnics
  • A tight-knit community where local events, farmers' markets, and a rich tapestry of cultural activities foster neighborly interaction
  • A burgeoning culinary scene, with eclectic restaurants, cafes, and bistros offering diverse cuisine and an inviting ambiance

Local Lifestyle

The heart of Lafayette beats strongest in its bustling Old Town district, where historic buildings have been lovingly repurposed into eclectic shops, inviting eateries, and art galleries. This revitalization has turned the area into a hub of activity, where community events, farmers markets, and street fairs animate the streets with energy and local pride. Here, residents and visitors can meander through quaint boutiques, savor locally sourced cuisine, or enjoy a craft beer at a sidewalk café, all while soaking in the unique character that defines Lafayette.
Recreation in Lafayette is as diverse as its population, with numerous parks, trails, and open spaces that offer a respite from the fast pace of modern life. The town provides facilities for a range of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking on the Coal Creek Trail to picnicking in Waneka Lake Park, where the mountain views are as plentiful as the opportunities for leisure and play.
Art and culture hold a place of honor in Lafayette, evidenced by the town’s commitment to public art and creative expression. The Lafayette Art Night Out is a testament to this, as a monthly festival that showcases the works of local artists and musicians, fostering a sense of community through shared artistic experiences.

Dining and Entertainment

Lafayette serves as a culinary and cultural destination, inviting both residents and visitors to indulge in a tapestry of flavors and artistic expressions. At the heart of this epicurean landscape is the Community Supper Club, an establishment that epitomizes Lafayette's ethos of gathering and celebration. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients and a menu that changes with the seasons, diners are treated to an authentic taste of Colorado's bounty in an atmosphere that's both relaxed and sophisticated.
Complementing the traditional dining experience are Lafayette’s local breweries and cafes, which have become social anchors in the community. Breweries in town don't just serve craft beer; they serve as meeting grounds where friendships are formed over the clink of glasses and live music. Cafes dot the town like cozy retreats, offering a perfect blend of caffeine, pastries, and conversation, often spiced up with local art adorning the walls.
Lafayette’s cultural scene is as rich as its culinary one, with local art galleries offering a window into the soul of the town. These spaces highlight the work of local artists, fostering a strong sense of identity and community pride. Cultural performances and live music are not confined to galleries and concert halls; they spill out onto the streets during town festivals and market days, transforming the entire town into a stage and gallery in its own right.

Things to Do

Lafayette beckons outdoor enthusiasts and community-oriented spirits alike, offering an array of activities that harmonize with the natural landscape and celebrate the communal vibe of the town. Waneka Lake Park stands as a testament to Lafayette's love for the great outdoors, providing an idyllic setting for paddleboarding enthusiasts to glide across the tranquil waters, anglers to await the gentle tug of a catch, and hikers to traverse the scenic trails that loop around the lake. The park's playgrounds and fitness stations further complement the healthful lifestyle embraced by the locals.
The town's Festival Plaza is a hub of community activity, playing host to a variety of events and concerts that have become the heartbeat of Lafayette throughout the year. From summer concerts under the starlit Colorado sky to winter gatherings that bring warmth to the chill in the air, these events are a showcase of the town’s vibrant cultural scene and a space where neighbors connect and celebrate life’s simple pleasures.
Beyond the centralized bustle of community events, Lafayette is also a cyclist’s haven, with an extensive network of bike trails that beckon riders of all levels to explore the picturesque terrain. Whether it's a leisurely family ride or an exhilarating dash through the more challenging stretches, the trails are a celebration of both mobility and the stunning views they afford.


The neighborhood is served by the Boulder Valley School District. Notable educational institutions include:
  • Lafayette Elementary
  • Centaurus High School

Overview for Lafayette, CO

30,307 people live in Lafayette, where the median age is 39.1 and the average individual income is $53,345. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Lafayette, CO

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

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Old Style Sausage, The Park Wine & Spirits, and Vintrey Honest Goods.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining · $ 1.79 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.04 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.51 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.64 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.95 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.89 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Lafayette, CO

Lafayette has 12,552 households, with an average household size of 2.41. 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. 30,307 people call Lafayette home. The population density is 3,286.13 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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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.
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Peak to Peak Charter School
K - 12th
9th - 12th
Pioneer Bilingual Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Justice High Charter School
6th - 12th
No rating available
Alicia Sanchez International School
PreK - 5th
6th - 8th
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Lafayette Elementary School
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Adventure Montessori Learning Center
PreK - 6th
No rating available
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