If were to look on a map for “The American Dream”, you might just find it in Lafayette, California. The affluent community lacks for nothing, and boasts award-winning schools, stunning landscaping and scenery, tight-knit community with an array of community events, and a plethora of things to do. Within the town’s boundaries there are four grocery stores including health food stores, and also hosts a weekly farmer’s market. There are community pools, hockey rinks, theaters, horseback riding, sports fields, and more. Most activities offer a casual side, or an upscale option. For example, grab a quick bite of grub at a fast food place, or sit down for an elegant dining experience.

Lafayette, California encompasses 15.4 square miles in Contra Costa County, less than half an hour east from San Francisco, and five miles west of Walnut Creek. As though it manifested from an oil painting, Lafayette is comprised of plush green rolling hills, generous autumn colors, and a variety of trees and foliage. Amidst that natural beauty are small and large homes with meticulously manicured lawns.

There are approximately 25,473 residents living in Lafayette’s 94556 and 94563 zip codes. Residents enjoy average annual household incomes exceeding $140,000 per year, more than twice the state’s average annual household income. Homes in the area hold average values well over a million dollars in contrast to the state average home value of $449,100.

There are six public schools in Lafayette, governed by Lafayette School District. Public schools in town include Lafayette, Burton Valley, Happy Valley, and Springhill elementary schools in addition to Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School. Additionally, Lafayette is home to Bentley School, Contra Costa Jewish Day School, St. Perpetual School, and The Meher Schools.

Residents are proud of their new exemplary public library, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, part of the Contra Costa County Library System.

Lafayette, California has its own station for the BART system, the Bay Area Regional Transit, so getting around the area is quick and convenient. Travelers by air use San Francisco International Airport.

Lafayette, California receives approximately 27 inches of rain per year, but no snow. The rain that falls spreads itself across 41 days of the year with measurable precipitation. Lafayette soaks in golden rays that are shared by the sun 262 days out of the year, sporting summer average high temperatures of around 83 degrees, and winter lows that stay far above freezing at 40 degrees.

One of the area’s noteworthy features is the Hill of Crosses, a tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Iraq war. The hillside is peppered with more than six thousand crosses that demand respect and attention for fallen soldiers.

Lafayette is a family-friendly environment with a strong focus on the youth in the community. Residents enjoy fit and active lifestyles centered around history, art, culture, and the recreational lifestyle California offers.

The goal of residents who’ve opted to build their nests in Lafayette is to live life to the fullest, engaged in a wide variety of activities, educational opportunities, and things to do.

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