West Lafayette is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 45,550 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, West Lafayette is the 33rd largest community in Indiana.
West Lafayette real estate is some of the most expensive in Indiana, although West Lafayette house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
West Lafayette is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Lafayette is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Lafayette who work in teaching (25.59%), office and administrative support (9.60%), and food service (9.03%).
Also of interest is that West Lafayette has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, West Lafayette is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local West Lafayette culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. West Lafayette really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In West Lafayette every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and West Lafayette. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. West Lafayette benefits directly from this.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.33 minutes getting to work every day.
Many people in West Lafayette take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among West Lafayette citizens for affordable transportation.
If knowledge is power, West Lafayette is a pretty powerful place. 69.74% of the adults in West Lafayette have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in West Lafayette in 2010 was $21,875, which is upper middle income relative to Indiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,500 for a family of four. However, West Lafayette contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. West Lafayette also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.16% of its population below the federal poverty line.
West Lafayette is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Lafayette home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Lafayette residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in West Lafayette include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of West Lafayette's cultural character, accounting for 23.02% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in West Lafayette is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Korean.