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Old 11-11-2006, 01:20 PM
 
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We're looking at a job opportunity in Lafayette. How are things there? What are the problems I'm not seeing - social and economic - when I'm there just for buisness meetings? What is it that you really like about the area? How is the cost of living? What do recent "transplants" think of the area? Thanks!
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Old 11-12-2006, 03:38 PM
 
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Overall both are good communities to live and work in. definitely much better schools in West Lafayette than in Lafayette. however real estate taxes are higher in WL than in Lafayette.

Compared to Chicago and its suburbs, housing prices are quite reasonable.
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Old 11-12-2006, 08:56 PM
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Thumbs down Lafayette/West Lafayette

We moved to the Lafayette area 6 months ago and absolutely hate it here! The cost of living and the price of a home is fairly low compared to the East Coast where we are from. We purchased a home here but will more than likely be renting it out next Spring and try to re-locate. The people can be friendly and nice but we are just not used to the "country" type setting. Also, you have Purdue but we are not for a "college town" either. So, if you are looking for this type of a place...you are moving to the right place!
While there are plenty of retail stores (Walmart Supercenter, Target etc.), it's just not a "city" in my opinion.

Good luck!
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:17 AM
 
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We moved to the Lafayette area 6 months ago and absolutely hate it here! The cost of living and the price of a home is fairly low compared to the East Coast where we are from. We purchased a home here but will more than likely be renting it out next Spring and try to re-locate. The people can be friendly and nice but we are just not used to the "country" type setting. Also, you have Purdue but we are not for a "college town" either. So, if you are looking for this type of a place...you are moving to the right place!
While there are plenty of retail stores (Walmart Supercenter, Target etc.), it's just not a "city" in my opinion.

Good luck!

AKF
sorry you feel that way about Lafayette. While it may not offer the kind of sophisticated shopping you had back on the East Coast, Indy is a relatively short drive down Interstate 65.
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:23 AM
 
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My question to AKF is .. why did you move to Lafayette in the first place??
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:49 PM
 
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I just moved here from Atlanta, GA and I really like it here. The people are nicer then you could imagine but beaware that there a lot of spoiled kids. Being here for two years I have seen in increase in traffic. They say you get the small town feel but i'm not really feeling it. House prices are mainly cheap other then in west town where the cost of living higher probably because of Purdue University.I live on the southside just off 231 and I have a fast commute to downtown each day so all in all Lafayette, West Lafayette are some of the best place you could live in... i am for real lol.
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:43 PM
 
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Please be sure to visit Battleground Park and Wolf Park while in the West Lafayette area. These were my favorite places when living in NW Indiana. I still make it a point to visit these places whenever I go "home".
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:29 PM
 
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I lived in West Lafayette for 4 years while I attended Purdue and I really enjoyed it.

Downtown Lafayette is one of the best preserved downtowns you'll find in he midwest for a city of it's size. There are also several old urban neighborhoods surrounding downtown.

South of town they are throwing up your typical Indiana plastic sided homes...Those are pretty terrible, but it is Indiana. Lafayette has a great economy, hence all the construction.

West Lafayette has *some* ethnic restaurants, and independant shopping. Overall, it is a nice area...politically pretty conservative, but not bad.

Crime in West Lafayette is typical college junk...Lafayette has some crime, but no more than you would expect in a town it's size.
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Old 12-10-2006, 10:40 AM
 
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I would agree with your assessment that crime in West Lafayette is mainly of the 'college junk' variety. However there have also been a few armed robberies, stabbings, sexually motivated assaults and other more violent crimes in recent past. On the whole though, I would say that West Lafayette is well policed and above-average in terms of overall safety/security. No customers have been shot waiting in line in a Taco Bell drive-thru.
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Old 12-31-2006, 01:05 AM
 
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I live 30 minutes south of Lafayette (Crawfordsville) and I think W. Laf. or Laf. would be a great place to live. W. Laf. has Purdue University, some decent bars, tons of apartments...Laf. has a nice mall and loads of restaurants like Olive Garden and Red Lobster. There's also a lot of new businesses coming to Lafayette and it seems like the economy is good there. The traffic on 52 and 26 can get pretty annoying but it's not too bad. There doesn't seem to be a lot of crime and the people are pretty nice. I agree with the comment about spoiled kids, though...There are a lot of those!
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