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Overview

Introduction to West Lafayette, Indiana

The city of West Lafayette is located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, roughly 65 miles northwest of the state capital of Indianapolis. It is separated from its neighboring city of Lafayette by the Wabash River. The city is the proud home of Purdue University, which was established in 1869. The nearby town of Battle Ground (located 10 miles to the northeast) was the site of the famous Battle of Tippecanoe in 1911. Highways servicing the city of West Lafayette include U.S. Routes 52 and 231, and Indiana state highways 26, 43, 443, and 526.

When it received its charter in 1867, the name of the town was Chauncey, named after a family of wealthy land speculators from Philadelphia who had purchased land in the area. In 1888, the town voted to change its name to West Lafayette. Although for several years the town lagged behind its neighbor Lafayette in development, the presence of Purdue University slowly enhanced the town's growth, and by the 1940s West Lafayette had evolved into a full-fledged suburban city. Today, the university employs 12,000 people, most of whom live in either West Lafayette or Lafayette.

Points of Interest in West Lafayette

In addition to Purdue University, West Lafayette is home to a wide variety of historical, cultural, and recreational sites. In particular, the community is proud of its civic theater, symphony orchestra, Bach Chorale, and museums. Other notable attractions in or near the city include the following:

  • Fort Ouiatenon: An historical park which is the site for the annual Feast of the Hunter's Moon
  • Historic Five Points Fire Station Museum: A fire station restored to its circa-1937 heyday
  • Riverside Skating Center: Open year-round for ice, inline and roller skating
  • Moses Fowler House: An English Gothic style home built in the mid-19th century by cattle baron Moses Fowler
  • Red Crown Mini Museum: A unique Standard Oil service station built in 1928
  • Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum: Located at the site of The Battle of Tippecanoe
  • Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center: An interactive museum which describes the building of the Canal and its effect on Indiana
  • Imagination Station: A hands-on family science center with interactive exhibits
  • Purdue University Horticulture Gardens
  • Tippecanoe County Courthouse
  • Columbian Park and Zoo
  • Great Skates Fun Center and Laser Tag
  • Silent Thunder Indoor Go-Kart and Amusement Center
  • Tropicanoe Cove Family Aquatic Center
  • Wolf Park

West Lafayette is a big college sports town, due to the presence of the Purdue University Boilermakers athletic teams. Members of the Big Ten Conference since 1896, the Boilermaker football squad has claimed seven Conference Championships, and two of their teams have earned berths in the Rose Bowl. Altogether, 18 varsity teams compete in a variety of Purdue sports with many of the teams nationally ranked.

The city of Indianapolis is located about an hour away, and is home to some notable professional sports teams. Major league action is available to basketball fans and football fans, who can enjoy the NBA's Indiana Pacers and the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, respectively. Fans of women's pro basketball can see the WNBA's Indiana Fever. Minor league action can be found in the sports of baseball and hockey. The Indianapolis Indians are a Minor League Baseball Class-AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Indiana Ice is a local entry in the United States Hockey League. Last but not least, auto racing fans can look forward to Memorial Day weekend, when racing's crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500, takes place in Speedway, Indiana (located just outside the Indianapolis city limits).

Demographics

People

Total Population44,543
Male Share of the Population53.9%
Female Share of the Population46.1%
Senior Citizens6.5%
Employed Population 16+17,543
Age of the Population22

Families

% of people married20.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher69.1%
Median Earnings25+$30,631
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,345
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,392

Wealth

Median Family Income$75,000
% Above Poverty Level59%
% Below Poverty Level41%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work30.7%
% Using Public Transportation6.5%

Housing

People Living Alone36.8%
Median Gross Rent$852
Median House Value$192,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.9%
German24.4%
Irish11.3%
English7.7%
Polish5.1%
Italian4.5%
French Except Basque2.2%
Scottish2.1%
Dutch1.6%
Welsh1.6%
Swedish1.4%
Arab1.4%
Norwegian1.4%
African1%
Russian0.9%
Hungarian0.8%
Swiss0.7%
Lithuanian0.5%
Turkish0.5%
Czech0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Jordanian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Greek0.3%
Iranian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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West Lafayette Almanac

CategoryValue
County Tippecanoe County
Standard Zip Codes47906, 47907
P.O. Box Zip Codes47996
Phone Area Codes765
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude40.44
Approximate Longitude-86.91

West 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
Distance1.5 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
Distance5.6 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
Distance8.7 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
Lafayette71,249$52,305
Mulberry1,355$60,972
Otterbein1,286$41,058

West Lafayette Public Libraries

West Lafayette Public Library
208 WEST COLUMBIA STREET
West Lafayette, Indiana
(765) 743-2261

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West Lafayette Hospitals

River Bend Hospital
(Non-profit)
2900 N River Rd
(765) 463-2555

West Lafayette Public Schools

Beacon Academy
620 Cumberland Ave
ZIP: 47906
(765) 838-2045
High
Total Enrollment 27
Burnett Creek Elementary School
5700 N 50 W
ZIP: 47906
(765) 463-2237
Primary
Total Enrollment 701
Cumberland Elementary School
600 Cumberland Ave
ZIP: 47906
(765) 464-3212
Primary
Total Enrollment 654
Happy Hollow Elementary
1200 N Salisbury
ZIP: 47906
(765) 746-0500
Middle
Total Enrollment 509
Klondike Elementary School
3311 Klondike Rd
ZIP: 47906
(765) 463-5505
Primary
Total Enrollment 951
Klondike Middle School
3307 Klondike Rd
ZIP: 47906
(765) 463-2544
Middle
Total Enrollment 455
West Lafayette Jr/sr High Sch
1105 N Grant St
ZIP: 47906
(765) 746-0400
High
Total Enrollment 1081
William Henry Harrison High Sch
5701 N 50 W
ZIP: 47906
(765) 463-3511
High
Total Enrollment 1775

West Lafayette Private Schools

Montessori School Of Great
2552 Soldiers Home Rd
ZIP: 47906
Elementary
Total Enrollment 39
Pleasantview Christian School
3509 Soldiers Home Rd
ZIP: 47906
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
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