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Lafayette Area Information

With its small-town charm, range of housing options, splendid mountain views, growing business community, and easy access to Boulder, Denver, and the surrounding area, Lafayette is one of the most popular places to live in Boulder County. City leaders work to lure new businesses to this diverse and dynamic community and increase sustainability practices. The combination creates a wonderful place to live, work, start a business, or raise a family.   


Culture: Play hard, work hard

Covering around eight square miles and home to 29,000 residents, Lafayette began as a small town, and its leaders are dedicated to maintaining the neighborly feel. South Public Road is lined with bustling locally owned shops and popular restaurants. A steady run of festivals includes the Quaker Oatmeal Festival, Peach Fest, Lafayette Brew Fest, Fall Fest, and Home for the Holidays.
Town improvements are ongoing. The historical hub, East Simpson Street, is undergoing revitalization, which includes mixed-use commercial and residential spaces. Bike and pedestrian travel is encouraged with a transportation map that shows the fastest, safest route to get across town. 
More than 20 miles of trails and 1,466 acres of open space enhance Lafayette’s historic small-town atmosphere. Trails provide connections between neighborhoods and businesses and link to neighboring communities.

Economy: Diverse and Growing

Located at the intersection of three major thoroughfares, Lafayette is positioned for booming commercial growth, according to BizWest Economic Profile & Market Facts. Businesses that can’t resist the appeal are relocating from more expensive venues. 

Area Businesses and Employers Include:

 Software-development training firm DevelopIntelligence LLC

Gracon LLC, builder of dams and hydroelectric power plants nationwide
Denver-based Stem Ciders opened The Acreage restaurant and cider-distribution center with orchards, gardens, patios and a stunning mountain views
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Meretek Diagnostics, Inc.
Lafuma Corp.
Sporian Microsystems, Inc.
Real Estate

Real Estate

 Lafayette is one of the more affordable areas in Boulder County. Couple affordability with its attractiveness to families, and you have a vibrant climate for real estate.

The city is home to a variety of single-family neighborhoods surrounded by parks and a public golf course. With its expansive Front Range views, the town also has a supply of luxury homes.
Many new residential developments enable buyers of newly built homes to find excellent move-in ready opportunities, as well as attractive options for land for their future home.
The city is committed to providing less expensive homes and plans to develop 500 smaller homes on the northwest corner of Emma and the 120th.


You won't be surprised to see the area's Lafayette is recognized for:

  • Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, Best of the Best for populations less than 30,000, The National Recreation and Parks Association, 2014
  • No.4 Most Liveable City in the U.S. for populatins of 25,303.449.7000,999, AARP 2018

Sources: BizWest Economic Profile & Market Facts, Current U.S. Census Bureau Data, Boulder Area Association of Realtors, IRES MLS for 2017
Sources: BizWest Economic Profile & Market Facts, Current U.S. Census Bureau Data, Boulder Area Association of Realtors, IRES MLS for 2017
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