City of Lafayette
Lafayette Festival Plaza, City of Lafayette
Square Miles: 9.3
Median household income: $62,079
Median home sales price: $304,000
Median age: 36
School district: Boulder Valley School District
City, County, state sales tax: 8.25 percent
Top private employer: Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center (1,310)
Top public employer: City of Lafayette (300)
Electricity: Excel Energy
Lafayette is a great place to live and work. There is a major hospital, Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, several big-name retailers and office and industrial parks. Located in eastern Boulder County at Hwy 287 and Northwest Parkway, Lafayette has mostly single-family neighborhoods surrounded by parks, and the Indian Peaks Golf Course, an 18-hole Hale Irwin-designed public course.
Just to the north of Exempla, there are 82 acres of undeveloped land known as the SoLa development. Two hotel sites have been approved for the 28 acres of commercial land closest to 287. Future phases of the project are expected to include a mix of retail, restaurants and medical offices and services related to the hospital. Another 20 acres of land farther away from 287 is set aside for office and commercial business park uses, as well as buildings that house services for seniors. There has been a 264-unit apartment complex built on the site and another 240-unit complex is coming soon.
The Lafayette Tech Center 59-acre office and industrial park has more regional heavy-hitter companies, from the US office of Lafuma Corp. to Sporian Microsystems Inc.
Lafayette has established history with its Old Town Lafayette Main Street area, featuring local shops and restaurants. Locals and visitors enjoy annual festivals that speak to the hometown nature of Lafayette including the Quaker Oatmeal Festival, the Summer Fun Fest, Peach Fest, Celebrate Lafayette and Home for the Holidays.