West Lafayette, IN

West Lafayette profile

Living in West Lafayette

West Lafayette is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 50,996 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 90.18% 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 (23.13%), food service (9.82%), and office and administrative support (8.69%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that West Lafayette has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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.

Because West Lafayette has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local West Lafayette lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in West Lafayette is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In West Lafayette people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Not only is West Lafayette a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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 16.50 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in West Lafayette. 71.40% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in West Lafayette in 2018 was $20,824, which is lower middle income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $83,296 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 41.16% of its population below the federal poverty line.

West Lafayette is an extremely 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 German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of West Lafayette's cultural character, accounting for 23.60% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in West Lafayette is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.