West Lafayette, Indiana

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Population in 2017: 46,269 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +60.8%
 
Males: 24,828  (53.7%)
Females: 21,441  (46.3%)
Median resident age:

21.8 years
Indiana median age:

37.7 years

Zip codes: 47906.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $33,575 (it was $24,869 in 2000)
West Lafayette:

$33,575
IN:

$54,181

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $25,830 (it was $18,337 in 2000)

West Lafayette city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $197,012 (it was $144,800 in 2000)
West Lafayette:

$197,012
IN:

$141,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $176,348; detached houses: $183,093; townhouses or other attached units: $137,813; in 2-unit structures: $118,534; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $120,629; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $180,710; mobile homes: $48,756

Median gross rent in 2017: $842.

March 2019 cost of living index in West Lafayette: 90.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 41.0%
(39.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 51.4% for Black residents, 39.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 28.8% for American Indian residents, 44.5% for other race residents, 27.5% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in West Lafayette, IN (2017)
    • 30,00966.6%White alone
    • 11,47525.5%Asian alone
    • 1,9634.4%Hispanic
    • 1,3783.1%Black alone
    • 1,3152.9%Two or more races
    • 250.06%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 290.06%Other race alone
    • 220.05%American Indian alone

Races in West Lafayette detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Indiana and other state lists, there were 22 registered sex offenders living in West Lafayette, Indiana as of May 26, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in West Lafayette is 2,038 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


Crime rates in West Lafayette by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
8
(27.8)
14
(48.6)
4
(13.8)
7
(22.3)
7
(22.5)
4
(12.5)
3
(10.1)
8
(26.7)
6
(19.6)
2
(6.4)
6
(18.3)
10
(21.6)
8
(17.2)
8
(17.1)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
7
(24.3)
5
(17.4)
3
(10.3)
5
(15.9)
11
(35.4)
6
(18.8)
6
(20.2)
11
(36.6)
6
(19.6)
8
(25.6)
15
(45.8)
10
(21.6)
5
(10.7)
7
(14.9)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
34
(118.2)
54
(187.6)
42
(144.6)
52
(165.7)
45
(144.7)
38
(119.0)
44
(147.9)
59
(196.6)
25
(81.5)
22
(70.5)
19
(58.0)
37
(79.9)
36
(77.4)
16
(34.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
93
(323.3)
71
(246.6)
96
(330.5)
125
(398.3)
80
(257.3)
79
(247.3)
58
(195.0)
80
(266.5)
90
(293.3)
44
(141.1)
68
(207.6)
71
(153.4)
49
(105.3)
23
(49.0)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
425
(1,477)
398
(1,383)
402
(1,384)
416
(1,326)
397
(1,277)
382
(1,196)
383
(1,288)
379
(1,263)
430
(1,401)
286
(916.9)
517
(1,578)
360
(777.8)
397
(853.0)
367
(782.4)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
21
(73.0)
18
(62.5)
21
(72.3)
36
(114.7)
21
(67.5)
25
(78.3)
18
(60.5)
28
(93.3)
16
(52.1)
19
(60.9)
18
(54.9)
21
(45.4)
20
(43.0)
11
(23.5)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
5
(16.1)
1
(3.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)140.8159.2127.3152.2132.1110.8113.7148.3118.678.4122.085.277.461.5

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City-data.com crime index in West Lafayette, IN

Crime rate in West Lafayette detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 70 (50 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.07
Indiana average:

1.42
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Ancestries: German (17.1%), Irish (4.6%), American (4.4%), English (3.9%), Polish (2.4%), Italian (2.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1888

Elevation: 617 feet

Land area: 5.51 square miles.

Population density: 8,392 people per square mile   (high).

West Lafayette, Indiana map

11,506 residents are foreign born (5.7% Asia).

This city:

24.9%
Indiana:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,124 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,044 (1.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lafayette, IN (2.9 miles , pop. 56,397).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Indianapolis, IN (60.5 miles , pop. 781,870).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (104.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Purdue University, IN (1.0 miles ),
Lafayette, IN (1.7 miles ),
Shadeland, IN (2.4 miles ),
Battle Ground, IN (2.4 miles ),
Montmorenci, IN (2.6 miles ),
Buck Creek, IN (2.9 miles ),
Dayton, IN (3.0 miles ),
West Point, IN (3.1 miles )

Latitude: 40.44 N, Longitude: 86.91 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +12,442 (+26.9%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 12,100 (64.1%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 765

Distribution of median household income in West Lafayette, IN in 2017
Distribution of house value in West Lafayette, IN in 2017
West Lafayette satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 42 buildings, average cost: $166,600
  • 1998: 47 buildings, average cost: $176,200
  • 1999: 29 buildings, average cost: $181,800
  • 2000: 40 buildings, average cost: $227,500
  • 2001: 24 buildings, average cost: $207,300
  • 2002: 61 buildings, average cost: $151,900
  • 2003: 52 buildings, average cost: $152,000
  • 2004: 53 buildings, average cost: $164,800
  • 2005: 89 buildings, average cost: $155,000
  • 2006: 72 buildings, average cost: $152,700
  • 2007: 117 buildings, average cost: $166,600
  • 2008: 92 buildings, average cost: $170,700
  • 2009: 72 buildings, average cost: $189,400
  • 2010: 66 buildings, average cost: $195,500
  • 2011: 92 buildings, average cost: $225,400
  • 2012: 86 buildings, average cost: $220,600
  • 2013: 57 buildings, average cost: $190,900
  • 2014: 129 buildings, average cost: $163,000
  • 2015: 36 buildings, average cost: $194,600
  • 2016: 51 buildings, average cost: $186,200
  • 2017: 36 buildings, average cost: $239,700
Number of permits per 10,000 West Lafayette, IN residents
Average permit cost in West Lafayette, IN
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.0%
Indiana:

3.9%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in West Lafayette, IN
Historical housing units in West Lafayette, IN

Population change in the 1990s: +2,511 (+9.6%).
Most common industries in West Lafayette, IN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (39.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.6%)
  • Health care (5.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.7%)
  • Transportation equipment (2.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (2.2%)
  • Construction (2.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (41.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.3%)
  • Construction (3.8%)
  • Transportation equipment (3.7%)
  • Health care (3.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (2.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (37.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.9%)
  • Health care (8.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.3%)
  • Social assistance (4.0%)
  • Pharmacies & drug stores (2.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (2.3%)
Most common occupations in West Lafayette, IN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (16.6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.0%)
  • Computer specialists (3.2%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (3.0%)
  • Cashiers (2.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (21.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.3%)
  • Computer specialists (4.7%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.3%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (2.9%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (2.8%)
  • Engineers (2.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (10.9%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6.6%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.2%)
  • Cashiers (4.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.7%)

Average climate in West Lafayette, Indiana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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West Lafayette, Indiana environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 67.7. This is about average.

City:

67.7
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 26.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.7
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.33. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.33
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

West Lafayette-area historical tornado activity is near Indiana state average. It is 103% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/26/1994, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 3.3 miles away from the West Lafayette city center killed 3 people and injured 70 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 3/20/1976, a category F4 tornado 5.0 miles away from the city center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

West Lafayette-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Indiana state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 147.1 miles away from West Lafayette center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 123.5 miles away from West Lafayette center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 176.0 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 221.7 miles away from West Lafayette center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 144.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 142.6 miles away from West Lafayette center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Tippecanoe County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
West Lafayette topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in West Lafayette:

  • REM-INDIANA INC (124 BLACKHAWK LN)
  • WABASH VALLEY HOSPITAL INC (2900 NORTH RIVER ROAD)
  • CUMBERLAND POINTE HEALTH CAMPUS (1051 CUMBERLAND AVE)
  • HERITAGE HEALTHCARE (3401 SOLDIERS HOME RD)
  • INDIANA VETERANS HOME (3851 N RIVER RD)
  • UNIVERSITY PLACE INC (1750 LINDBERG RD)
  • WESTMINSTER VILLAGE - WEST LAFAYETTE (2741 N SALISBURY ST)

Airports located in West Lafayette:

Amtrak station near West Lafayette:

  • 2 miles: LAFAYETTE (DEPOT AT 200 NORTH ST.) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.

College/University in West Lafayette:

  • Purdue University-Main Campus (Full-time enrollment: 38,271; Location: Hovde Hall of Administration; Public; Website: www.purdue.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near West Lafayette:

  • Indiana University-Kokomo (about 42 miles; Kokomo, IN; Full-time enrollment: 2,500)
  • Danville Area Community College (about 42 miles; Danville, IL; FT enrollment: 2,229)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Indianapolis (about 52 miles; Indianapolis, IN; FT enrollment: 4,765)
  • DePauw University (about 56 miles; Greencastle, IN; FT enrollment: 2,360)
  • Butler University (about 58 miles; Indianapolis, IN; FT enrollment: 4,388)
  • Marian University (about 58 miles; Indianapolis, IN; FT enrollment: 2,476)
  • Ivy Tech Community College (about 60 miles; Indianapolis, IN; FT enrollment: 71,493)

Public high schools in West Lafayette:

Public elementary/middle schools in West Lafayette:

Private elementary/middle schools in West Lafayette:

  • MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF GREAT (Students: 127, Location: 2552 SOLDIERS HOME RD, Grades: PK-3)
  • PLEASANTVIEW CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 44, Location: 3509 SOLDIERS HOME RD, Grades: PK-6)
See full list of schools located in West Lafayette

Library in West Lafayette:

  • WEST LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $814,658; Location: 208 WEST COLUMBIA STREET; 150,125 books; 3,804 e-books; 8,251 audio materials; 10,117 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 37 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 166 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in West Lafayette: West Lafayette Fire Department Station 2 (A), West Lafayette Fire Department Station 3 (B), West Lafayette Fire Department Station 1 (C), State Police Post Number 3 (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Grandview Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Travel Pointe Inc (Tours & Charters; 2306 Northwestern Ave), Fantastic Journeys (Tours & Charters; 107 North Chauncey Avenue), Carlson Wagonlit Travel (Tours & Charters; 914 Vine Street).

Hotels: Family Inns Of America (1920 Northwestern Ave), Super 8 Motel (2030 Northgate Drive).

Court: West Lafayette City - City Court (609 West Navajo Street).

Birthplace of: Anissa Jones - Child actress, Toby Moskowitz - Economist, Brian Binnie - Naval aviator and commercial astronaut, Andrew Ford - College basketball player (Purdue Boilermakers), Casey Wise - College baseball player, Erik Sabel - Baseball player, Peter Minchella - College basketball player (Colgate Red Raiders).

Tippecanoe County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in West Lafayette and their reported violations in the past:

CANDLELIGHT DEVELOPMENT CORP. (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (OCT-22-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-22-2012), St Public Notif requested (OCT-22-2012), St Compliance achieved (DEC-28-2012), St Public Notif received (JUL-15-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (SEP-06-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-06-2007), St Public Notif requested (SEP-06-2007), St Public Notif received (SEP-11-2007), St Compliance achieved (MAY-17-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
ROSS HILLS PARK - WEST WELL (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
AMERICAN SUBURBAN UTILITIES, INC. (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
ROSS HILLS PARK - EAST WELL (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-20-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-20-2012), St Boil Water Order (AUG-20-2012), St Compliance achieved (AUG-31-2012)

Drinking water stations with addresses in West Lafayette that have no violations reported:

  • ROLLING MAUL, LLC DBA LEGACY SPORTS CLUB (Population served: 85, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • ROSS CAMP (Population served: 46, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Indiana:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

34.1%
Whole state:

66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

3.3%
Whole state:

6.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in West Lafayette in 2010:

  • 2,858 people in college/university student housing
  • 155 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 52 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 4 people in other noninstitutional facilities
4,923 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus) in 2000
215 people in nursing homes in 2000

Arenas or stadiums:

  • Ross-Ade Stadium. Capacity: 62,500. Purdue Boilermakers football.
  • Mackey Arena. Purdue University.

Banks with most branches in West Lafayette (2011 data):

  • Regions Bank: Sagamore West Branch, Stadium Square Banking Center, The Westminster Village Branch. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • First Merchants Bank National Association: Greentree West Lafayette Asst Liv at 3575 Senior Place, branch established on 2005/10/06; West Lafayette at 2329 North Salisbury Street, branch established on 1967/01/03. Info updated 2012/02/13: Bank assets: $4,154.9 mil, Deposits: $3,154.7 mil, headquarters in Muncie, IN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 89 total offices, Holding Company: First Merchants Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: Wabash Village Branch at 309 Sagamore Parkway West, branch established on 1959/11/25; Chauncey Village at 210 W State St, branch established on 1957/02/01. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • The Huntington National Bank: West Lafayette Branch at 2405 North Salisbury, branch established on 1892/01/01. Info updated 2012/04/02: Bank assets: $54,183.4 mil, Deposits: $44,300.3 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 878 total offices, Holding Company: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
  • LAFAYETTE COMMUNITY BANK: West Lafayette Branch at 1215 Potter Drive, Suite 1, branch established on 2003/07/21. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $135.5 mil, Deposits: $119.7 mil, headquarters in Lafayette, IN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Lafayette Community Bancorp
  • Salin Bank and Trust Company: Wabash Village Branch at 351 Sagamore Parkway West, branch established on 2003/12/08. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $851.0 mil, Deposits: $677.9 mil, headquarters in Indianapolis, IN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 23 total offices, Holding Company: Salin Bancshares, Inc.
  • Lafayette Savings Bank, FSB: Sagamore Parkway W. Lafayette Branch at 1020a Sagamore Parkway Center, branch established on 1997/07/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $364.3 mil, Deposits: $309.6 mil, headquarters in Lafayette, IN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices
  • Fifth Third Bank: University Square Branch at 500 West Sagamore Parkway, Suite 1-E, branch established on 1986/06/30. Info updated 2009/10/05: Bank assets: $114,540.4 mil, Deposits: $89,689.1 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1378 total offices, Holding Company: Fifth Third Bancorp
  • Old National Bank: West Lafayette/Marsh Branch at 2410 North Salisbury Street, branch established on 2003/08/25. Info updated 2011/08/01: Bank assets: $8,467.9 mil, Deposits: $6,653.1 mil, headquarters in Evansville, IN, positive income, 195 total offices, Holding Company: Old National Bancorp

For population 15 years and over in West Lafayette:

Marital status in West Lafayette, IN
  • Never married: 72.5%
  • Now married: 21.9%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 2.6%
  • Divorced: 2.8%

For population 25 years and over in West Lafayette:

  • High school or higher: 94.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 69.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 41.2%
  • Unemployed: 10.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.0
Indiana average:

11.1

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - West Lafayette
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for West Lafayette, IN (based on Tippecanoe County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic20,0116
Evangelical Protestant19,71079
Mainline Protestant13,49936
Other2,99616
Orthodox1351
Black Protestant1191
None116,310-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 21
Here:

1.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.73 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
This county:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 11
This county:

0.68 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 31
Here:

1.91 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

3.57 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 120
Here:

7.40 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

6.78 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Tippecanoe County:

6.9%
State:

9.2%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.6%
State:

29.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

15.2%
Indiana:

14.3%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

54.3%
Indiana:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
West Lafayette:

62.6%
Indiana:

44.9%

Average BMI:
This city:

26.1
Indiana:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

16.2%
Indiana:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

7.6%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
West Lafayette:

7.0
Indiana:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

20.8%
Indiana:

33.8%

General health condition:
This city:

67.1%
State:

55.3%

Average condition of hearing:
West Lafayette:

84.7%
Indiana:

78.4%

More about Health and Nutrition of West Lafayette, IN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 51$256,745$60,4110$0
Firefighters 44$217,097$59,2080$0
Sewerage 24$111,577$55,7893$3,098
Parks and Recreation 20$74,180$44,50819$11,546
Police - Other 19$69,560$43,93319$5,759
Housing and Community Development (Local) 13$54,133$49,9690$0
Solid Waste Management 13$47,650$43,9850$0
Streets and Highways 8$41,624$62,4360$0
Other and Unallocable 6$37,183$74,36617$10,855
Financial Administration 5$21,798$52,3150$0
Other Government Administration 2$14,741$88,44619$14,147
Judicial and Legal 0$0 6$8,687
Totals for Government 205$946,288$55,39283$54,092

West Lafayette government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $5,148,000 ($111.26)
    General - Other: $3,343,000 ($72.25)
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,023,000 ($65.34)
    Regular Highways: $1,014,000 ($21.92)
    Local Fire Protection: $25,000 ($0.54)
    Parks and Recreation: $11,000 ($0.24)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $6,441,000 ($139.21)
    Sewerage: $4,897,000 ($105.84)
    Local Fire Protection: $3,649,000 ($78.86)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,748,000 ($37.78)
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,377,000 ($29.76)
    General - Other: $1,063,000 ($22.97)
    Regular Highways: $811,000 ($17.53)
    Financial Administration: $715,000 ($15.45)
    General Public Buildings: $435,000 ($9.40)
    Central Staff Services: $239,000 ($5.17)
    Housing and Community Development: $220,000 ($4.75)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $154,000 ($3.33)
    Public Welfare - Other: $95,000 ($2.05)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $71,000 ($1.53)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,276,000 ($27.58)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Natural Resources - Other: $486,000 ($10.50)
    Regular Highways: $179,000 ($3.87)
    Police Protection: $119,000 ($2.57)
    General - Other: $22,000 ($0.48)
    Parks and Recreation: $18,000 ($0.39)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($0.06)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,000 ($0.02)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $635,000 ($13.72)

West Lafayette government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $22,799,000 ($492.75)
    Other: $80,000 ($1.73)
    Parks and Recreation: $38,000 ($0.82)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $278,000 ($6.01)
    Other: $17,000 ($0.37)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $796,000 ($17.20)
    Rents: $93,000 ($2.01)
    Donations From Private Sources: $93,000 ($2.01)
    Interest Earnings: $25,000 ($0.54)
    General Revenue - Other: $16,000 ($0.35)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,402,000 ($30.30)
    General Local Government Support: $1,329,000 ($28.72)
    Other: $790,000 ($17.07)
  • Tax - Property: $15,382,000 ($332.45)
    Public Utilities Sales: $201,000 ($4.34)
    Other License: $114,000 ($2.46)

West Lafayette government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $49,320,000 ($1065.94)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $49,320,000 ($1065.94)

West Lafayette government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,220,000 ($91.21)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $15,327,000 ($331.26)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,083,000 ($109.86)

6.93% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($45,000 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.93%
Indiana average:

6.06%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Cook County, IL  0.40% ($28,471 average AGI)
from Marion County, IN  0.36% ($37,624)
from White County, IN  0.34% ($36,676)


7.98% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($48,474 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.98%
Indiana average:

6.25%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($396 average AGI)
Tippecanoe County:

0.08%
Indiana average:

0.03%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Marion County, IN  0.55% ($40,218 average AGI)
to Clinton County, IN  0.30% ($34,027)
to Carroll County, IN  0.30% ($44,505)
Businesses in West Lafayette, IN
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1JoS. A. Bank1
AT&T1KFC1
Ace Hardware1Kroger1
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Arby's2McDonald's4
Budget Car Rental1Menards1
Burger King1Nike3
CVS1Panda Express1
Chico's1Panera Bread1
Chipotle1Papa John's Pizza1
Circle K1Pizza Hut2
Curves1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
DHL1Sprint Nextel1
Dairy Queen2Starbucks3
Domino's Pizza2Subway5
Econo Lodge1T-Mobile1
FedEx4Taco Bell2
GNC1Talbots1
GameStop1U-Haul2
Goodwill3UPS5
H&R Block1Walgreens1
Hilton1Walmart1
Jimmy John's2

Strongest AM radio stations in West Lafayette:

  • WBAA (920 AM; 5 kW; WEST LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: PURDUE UNIVERSITY)
  • WASK (1450 AM; 1 kW; LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: WASK, INC.)
  • WIBC (1070 AM; 50 kW; INDIANAPOLIS, IN; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WLAS (1410 AM; 1 kW; LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WOWO (1190 AM; 50 kW; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WYLL (1160 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: SCA LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WMVP (1000 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WLW (700 AM; 50 kW; CINCINNATI, OH; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in West Lafayette:

  • WASK-FM (98.7 FM; BATTLE GROUND, IN; Owner: WASK, INC.)
  • WKOA (105.3 FM; LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: WASK, INC.)
  • WLFF (95.3 FM; BROOKSTON, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC)
  • WKHY (93.5 FM; LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: STAY TUNED BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WGLM (106.7 FM; WEST LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: KVB BROADCASTING)
  • WAZY-FM (96.5 FM; LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS L.P.)
  • WBAA-FM (101.3 FM; WEST LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: PURDUE UNIVERSITY)
  • WJEF (91.9 FM; LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: LAFAYETTE SCHOOL CORP.)
  • WSHP (95.7 FM; ATTICA, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, L.P.)
  • WHPL (89.9 FM; WEST LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • WXXB (102.9 FM; DELPHI, IN; Owner: STAY TUNED BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WIMC (103.9 FM; CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN; Owner: C.V.L. BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WMRS (107.7 FM; MONTICELLO, IN; Owner: GERALD NORMAN QUINN)
  • WSHW (99.7 FM; FRANKFORT, IN; Owner: KASPAR BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WCDQ (106.3 FM; CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN; Owner: C.V.L. BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W224AX (92.7 FM; LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • W216BB (91.1 FM; WILLIAMSPORT, IN; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around West Lafayette:

  • W57DC (Channel 57; LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WLFI-TV (Channel 18; LAFAYETTE, IN; Owner: PRIMELAND TELEVISION, INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of West Lafayette fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 42Number of bridges
  • 571ft / 174mTotal length
  • $9,395,000Total costs
  • 284,147Total average daily traffic
  • 31,756Total average daily truck traffic
  • 264,862Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic
New bridges in West Lafayette, IN - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21940-1949
  • 61950-1959
  • 121960-1969
  • 111970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 31990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 42010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for West Lafayette, IN
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in West Lafayette)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 158 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in West Lafayette, IN)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 34 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 25 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 311 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in West Lafayette)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 2 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in West Lafayette)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 93 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 6 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED31$155,233132$156,404356$158,83013$120,77010$1,809,74850$146,876
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$05$191,55619$133,2331$2,9000$04$95,035
APPLICATIONS DENIED5$136,33611$142,20249$199,9642$9,6100$06$328,277
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN5$185,53614$167,41755$158,1102$116,1254$1,802,4256$112,862
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$100,43010$175,1320$00$02$60,880

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0051.00 , 0052.00, 0053.00, 0054.00, 0055.00, 0102.04

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED31$173,32019$186,4841$132,100
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$234,7178$214,2740$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED3$261,2077$142,6710$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$156,8202$196,2850$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0051.00 , 0052.00, 0053.00, 0054.00, 0055.00, 0102.04

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in West Lafayette, IN
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in West Lafayette, IN - Value

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 99. The highest number of fire incidents - 156 took place in 2015, and the least - 13 in 2018. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in West Lafayette, IN When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (50.3%), and Structure Fires (33.1%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in West Lafayette, IN
    • 79750.3%Outside Fires
    • 52533.1%Structure Fires
    • 15910.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 1036.5%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for West Lafayette, IN

Fire-safe hotels and motels in West Lafayette, Indiana:

  • Econo Lodge, 200 Brown St, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 , Phone: (765) 743-9661, Fax: (765) 743-8253
  • Four Points By Sheraton West Lafayette, 1600 Cumberland Ave, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 , Phone: (765) 463-5511, Fax: (765) 497-3850
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 160 Tapawingo Dr, West lafayette, Indiana 47906 , Phone: (765) 269-8000, Fax: (765) 269-8005
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in West Lafayette, Indiana
Most common first names in West Lafayette, IN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary21180.8 years
John18376.7 years
Robert16774.4 years
William15877.2 years
James13175.1 years
Charles12777.2 years
Helen11083.8 years
George8380.6 years
Ruth8184.2 years
Dorothy8081.5 years
Most common last names in West Lafayette, IN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith7181.2 years
Miller4880.8 years
Jones4278.5 years
Johnson3881.5 years
Davis3779.0 years
Brown3679.2 years
Martin3177.3 years
Williams3079.6 years
Anderson2982.1 years
Wilson2780.9 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in West Lafayette, IN
  • 90.9%Utility gas
  • 8.6%Electricity
  • 0.3%Wood
  • 0.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in West Lafayette, IN
  • 61.3%Electricity
  • 32.5%Utility gas
  • 3.1%Other fuel
  • 1.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.8%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.1%Coal or coke


West Lafayette compared to Indiana state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

West Lafayette on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: education, training, and library occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most recent year of entry for the foreign-born population (2,000+ people)+"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest household incomes disparities (population 5,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities where the highest percentage of males (15+ years) which never married (with at least 10,000 males in this group)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: education, training, and library occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of family households, population 10,000+"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people having Doctorate degrees (population 500+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people having Master's or Doctorate degrees (population 5,000+)"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the least people living the same house as 1 year ago (population 5,000+))"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of family households, population 1,000+"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 cities where the highest percentage of males (15+ years) which never married (with at least 1,000 males in this group)"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (population 500+)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Malaysia (population 500+)"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Other Eastern Asia (population 500+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in China (population 500+)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 cities where the highest percentage of females (15+ years) which never married (with at least 1,000 females in this group)"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
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