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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$192,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$852
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    68%
  • Own
    32%
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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
    80
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    18
    41
  • Robbery
    22
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    153
    500
  • Theft
    778
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    45
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$28,793
National
$55,322
Children
8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    41%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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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!
West Lafayette is a great, diverse place to live. With a renowned campus, Purdue University, in your backyard, it gives children and teens a chance to experience a college atmosphere at a young age. Children can grow up and go to games. There are also many trails and parks that children can go to. While living near a college campus can be a great experience, it can also cause some problems. Being close to a college means lots of parties and college kids who may not be doing the right thing. This could cause minor crime, public intoxication, and drunk or reckless driving. Overall, West Lafayette is an amazing place to live with the amount of diversity and opportunity this town offers.