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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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West Lafayette is a town in Indiana with a population of 45,110. West Lafayette is in Tippecanoe County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in West Lafayette offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In West Lafayette there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in West Lafayette and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in West Lafayette are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$192,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$860
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    66%
  • Own
    34%
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West Lafayette Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    77
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    17
    41
  • Robbery
    11
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    105
    500
  • Theft
    853
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    43
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    57%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    6%
  • 45-54 years
    5%
  • 55-64 years
    5%
  • 65+ years
    7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    46%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    13%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in West Lafayette

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$31,230
National
$55,322
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I attend Purdue University, which is in West Lafayette, and to be completely honest, West Lafayette is the best I've seen of Indiana. The area and campus is one of the safest in the U.S., there is a lot of diversity, and the people are really nice! Food scene is amazing, too. Would definitely recommend visiting!
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I love West Lafayette and all that it has to offer with Purdue University being right there but there are still some things that I believe could make this an even better town. The construction is horrible, especially on campus right now. Once they get that finished up, it will be a beautiful campus again and I can't wait!
,mlHope everyone had a restful break and are ready to start the semester out strong! We are planning to start reaching out to people this week via pew cards and help grow your groups from the get-go. Going along with that, if everyone could get in touch with their respective coordinator (who will also be reaching out to you as the weekend approaches) with your Ignite time and location. If it didn't change, that's perfectly fine!! We just want to make sure we are presenting accurate information to people.