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Overview

Introduction to Lafayette, Indiana

Lafayette is located in Tippecanoe County. Purdue University, located in nearby West Lafayette is a primary factor in the economy for the region due to its academic as well as industrial activities. Alcoa, the Caterpillar Large Engine Division, Wabash National, Eli Lilly and Company (Tippecanoe Laboratories) are some of the major corporations located in Lafayette.

History

The original inhabitants were Quiatenon Indians. In 1717 the French constructed Fort Quiatenon. The fort was utilized for trading by fur trappers, merchants as well as Indians. The city was platted by William Digby in 1825. The town was named in tribute to General Lafayette who fought for the American Army during the American Revolutionary War. The shipping center along the Wabash River was thriving during this era and the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal during the 1840's added to the city's importance. The railroads reaching Lafayette during the 1850's which also added to its prominence.

Attractions

  • Jerry E. Clegg Botanic Garden contains oak savanna and prairie restorations
  • Purdue University Horticulture Gardens is a popular attraction and features a large number of unique trees
  • Lafayette Farmer's Market is often filled with residents and tourists
  • Wolf Park is utilized for research and features wolf packs and foxes
  • The Brown Street Overlook provides excellent views of the Wabash River and the city
  • Sporting events at nearby Purdue University

Historic Sites

There are nine neighborhoods in the combined area of Lafayette and nearby West Lafayette that are included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Ninth Street Historic District and downtown Lafayette are major locations for enjoying historic architecture. The Tippecanoe County Courthouse situated downtown is an architectural gem. The Historic Five Points Fire Station has been restored and serves as a museum. Prophetstown is a large acreage which is devoted to the preservation of Native American Heritage, agriculture and the environment. It features an old farmstead, a prairie and an Indian Village. Visitors can take a horse-drawn ride in the prairie. The attractive Moses Fowler House features English Gothic architecture. The Tippecanoe Battlefield is nearby.

Transportation

Amtrak provides rail transportation and City Bus offers bus services.

Higher Education

Purdue University is located in neighboring West Lafayette. Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Business College are located in the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population71,249
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens12.3%
Employed Population 16+36,187
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married41.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.1%
Median Earnings25+$29,971
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,753
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,944

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,305
% Above Poverty Level80.1%
% Below Poverty Level19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3%
% Using Public Transportation4.1%

Housing

People Living Alone35.9%
Median Gross Rent$764
Median House Value$103,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.5%
Irish14.1%
English9.2%
Polish2.4%
Scottish2.4%
Dutch2.4%
Italian2%
French Except Basque1.9%
Swedish0.9%
Swiss0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Norwegian0.5%
Danishn0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Russian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
African0.2%
Ghanaian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
German0.1%
Czech0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Arab0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Lafayette Almanac

CategoryValue
County Tippecanoe County
Standard Zip Codes47909, 47901, 47904, 47905, 47906, 47907
P.O. Box Zip Codes47902, 47903, 47996
Phone Area Codes765
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude40.32
Approximate Longitude-86.9

Lafayette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationWEST LAFAYETTE
Distance3.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 33 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp43 to 66 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches
StationWEST LAFAYETTE 6 NW
Distance7.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 32 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip37.2 inches
StationLAFAYETTE 8 S
Distance8.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip36.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Battle Ground1,568$100,833
Brookston1,433$57,500
Dayton1,616$68,214
Mulberry1,355$60,972
Otterbein1,286$41,058

Lafayette Public Libraries

Tippecanoe County Public Library
627 SOUTH STREET
Lafayette, Indiana
(765) 429-0100

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Lafayette Hospitals

St Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital Lafayette
(Non-profit)
1501 Hartford St
(765) 423-6650
Franciscan St Elizabeth Health - Lafayette Central
(Non-profit)
1501 Hartford St
(765) 502-4334
Franciscan St Elizabeth Health - Lafayette East
(Non-profit)
1701 S Creasy Ln
(765) 502-4334
Lafayette Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
950 Park East Blvd
(765) 447-4040
Sycamore Springs
(Proprietary)
833 Park East Blvd
(765) 743-4400
Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital
(Non-profit)
5165 Mccarty Ln
(765) 448-8000

Lafayette Public Schools

Oakland High School
611 S 21st St
ZIP: 46915
(765) 771-6130
High
Total Enrollment 55
New Community School
1904 Elmwood Ave
ZIP: 47904
(765) 420-9617
Primary
Total Enrollment 245
Murdock Elementary School
2100 Cason St
ZIP: 47904
(765) 771-6120
Primary
Total Enrollment 245
Lafayette Sunnyside Intermediate
530 N 26th St
ZIP: 47904
(765) 771-6100
Middle
Total Enrollment 1060
Vinton Elementary School
3101 Elmwood Ave
ZIP: 47904
(765) 771-6140
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
The Excel Center - Lafayette
615 N 18th St 2nd Floor
ZIP: 47904
(317) 524-4501
High
Total Enrollment 287
Greater Lafayette Area Se
2300 Cason St
ZIP: 47904
(765) 771-6006
Primary
Total Enrollment 250
Southwestern Middle School
2100 W 800 S
ZIP: 47905
(765) 538-3025
Middle
Total Enrollment 448
Wyandotte Elementary
5865 E 50 S
ZIP: 47905
(765) 772-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
East Tipp Middle School
7501 E 300 N
ZIP: 47905
(765) 589-3566
Middle
Total Enrollment 465
Thomas Miller Elementary Sch
700 S 4th St
ZIP: 47905
(765) 476-2930
Primary
Total Enrollment 412
Wainwright Middle School
7501 E 700 S
ZIP: 47905
(765) 269-8350
Middle
Total Enrollment 315
Jefferson High School
1801 S 18th St
ZIP: 47905
(765) 772-4700
High
Total Enrollment 1935
Glen Acres Elementary School
3767 Kimberly Dr
ZIP: 47905
(765) 771-6150
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Hershey Elementary School
7521 E 300 N
ZIP: 47905
(765) 269-8280
Primary
Total Enrollment 543
Lafayette Tecumseh Jr High Sch
2101 S 18th St/teal Rd
ZIP: 47905
(765) 772-4750
Middle
Total Enrollment 1067
Wea Ridge Middle School
4410 S 150 E
ZIP: 47909
(765) 471-2164
Middle
Total Enrollment 625
Woodland Elementary School
3200 E 450 S
ZIP: 47909
(765) 471-0241
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Amelia Earhart Elem Sch
3280 S 9th St
ZIP: 47909
(765) 772-4740
Primary
Total Enrollment 501
Mayflower Mill Elem Sch
200 E 500 S
ZIP: 47909
(765) 538-3875
Primary
Total Enrollment 543
James Cole Elementary School
6418 E 900 S
ZIP: 47909
(765) 523-2141
Primary
Total Enrollment 242
Miami Elementary School
2401 Beck Ln
ZIP: 47909
(765) 772-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 564
Edgelea Elementary School
2910 S 18th St
ZIP: 47909
(765) 772-4780
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Mintonye Elementary School
2000 W 800 S
ZIP: 47909
(765) 538-2780
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Mccutcheon High School
4951 Us 231 S
ZIP: 47909
(765) 474-1488
High
Total Enrollment 1702
Wea Ridge Elementary School
1333 E 430 S
ZIP: 47909
(765) 471-9321
Primary
Total Enrollment 650

Lafayette Private Schools

St Boniface School
813 North St
ZIP: 47901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 130
St James Lutheran Elementary School
615 N 8th St
ZIP: 47901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 145
St Mary Cathedral Elementary School
1200 South St
ZIP: 47901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 175
St Lawrence Elementary School
1902 Meharry St
ZIP: 47904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 234
Lafayette Christian School
525 N 26th St
ZIP: 47904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 245
Faith Christian School
5526 State Road 26 E
ZIP: 47905
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 552
Kiddie Kollege
201 Veterans Memorial Pkwy E
ZIP: 47905
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Tippecanoe Christian School
108 Beck Ln
ZIP: 47909
Elementary
Total Enrollment 64
Lighthouse Baptist Christian Academy
1730 E 430 S
ZIP: 47909
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
Central Catholic Jr Sr High School
2410 S 9th St
ZIP: 47909
Secondary
Total Enrollment 360
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