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West Lafayette, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of West Lafayette had a population of 30,881 as of July 1, 2016. West Lafayette ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Lafayette is located at latitude 40.4552 and longitude -86.9118 in Tippecanoe County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Lafayette (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.61 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Tippecanoe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 610 feet.

The City of West Lafayette (GNIS ID: 2397268) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of West Lafayette is located within Township of Wabash, a minor civil division (MCD) of Tippecanoe County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Lafayette population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Lafayette: Chauncey, Kingston.

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West Lafayette, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 30,881
Population in Households 27,606
Population in Familes 12,153
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,275
Population Density1 4,056
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 12,436
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 4,216
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 13,434 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,894 (29.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,543 (63.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 998 ( 7.4%)
Median Home Value $194,600
Average Home Value $233,290


Median Household Income $27,881
Average Household Income $57,643
Per Capita Income $23,907
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.68% 0.88%
Households 0.65% 0.94%
Families 0.56% 0.64%
Median Household Income   0.99%
Per Capita Income   1.76%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

West Lafayette, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Lafayette to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 31 96th
Population Density1 # 5 99th
Diversity Index2 # 41 94th
Median Household Income # 675 1st
Per Capita Income # 281 59th

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