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West Lafayette Indiana Community Information

West Lafayette, like the city of Lafayette, is located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Like the name implies, West Lafayette is west of the city of Lafayette with the Wabash River separating the two cities. It is the home of Purdue University and is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The estimated total population of West Lafayette is about 29,500 people. The city itself encompasses an area of over 7.5 square miles. It is also a very densely populated city with over 5,000 residents per square mile.

There has been a small population growth in West Lafayette over the past decade with a city population growth just under 3%. As the home of Purdue University, the median age of West Lafayette residents is a very young 23 years of age. This is nearly half of the State of Indiana's median age of 40 years.

The median household income in West Lafayette is far below the estimated state median household income. Indiana has an estimated household income of about $45,500. However, in West Lafayette, estimated household income falls around $22,500. This differs considerably compared to the estimated median house values. Home values in West Lafayette are above state average. As a state, Indiana's estimated median house value is about $123K. In West Lafayette, estimated median home value is about $170K. Detached house values are higher, at around $205,000 and 2 or more unit structures hold an estimated value of about $140,000 to $165,000.

The demographic of West Lafayette is predominately Caucasian. However, Asian is the largest minority group accounting for about 17% of the city's residents, followed by Hispanic and African American. African Americans make up less than 3% of the population of West Lafayette, and Hispanics make up about just over 3.5%. Since the median age is 23 years, the majority of residents are single and never married, and married residents make up less than a third of West Lafayette's population.

Compared to its neighbor city of Lafayette, West Lafayette's residents are on average more highly educated with over 95% obtaining a high school diploma, about 70% possessing a bachelor's degree, and over 40% obtaining a graduate degree. Unemployment levels in West Lafayette also fall below the State of Indiana's rate of unemployment. Unemployment in West Lafayette is just over 5.5%, while the State of Indiana's is 8%.

The majority of West Lafayette's working citizens work in educational services. Educational services employ the greatest number of both male and female residents. The second highest employer is food services among male residents and retail among females. Other employment industries include manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and public administration.

As the home of Purdue University's main campus, West Lafayette has many students who live and attend school in West Lafayette. There are other educational opportunities near West Lafayette, including Ivy Tech Community College.

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For any sports fan, entertainment can be found at Ross-Ade Stadium for Purdue football fans. West Lafayette also has a number of community events for the whole family to enjoy at various times of the year. Residents can also enjoy farmers markets, and outdoor recreation at of any of the nature areas, parks, or Riverside Skating Center. For swimmers, there is also the West Lafayette Municipal Pool to enjoy as well.

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