Lafayette is an affluent city in Contra Costa County.  Lafayette is known for its pastoral rolling hills and affluent community.  The town is also known for its excellent schools within the highly ranked Acalanes School District.

The city is part of the greater San Francisco Bay Area and has its own station on the BART public transit system. Lafayette is situated between Walnut Creek, Moraga, and Orinda, and, together with the latter two towns, is considered locally as part of "Lamorinda".

Like the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area, Lafayette has a Mediterranean climate, however, the climate differences can be striking: during the summer, temperatures can soar beyond 100 °F in Lafayette and its neighboring cities while the areas west of the hills and nearer to the bay remain up to 20 degrees cooler. Summers are warm, dry and very sunny, although mornings can be foggy.

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