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Lafayette, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Lafayette is the 10th largest city in Indiana with a population of 74,473 as of July 1, 2017. 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 Lafayette is located at latitude 40.399 and longitude -86.8592 in Tippecanoe County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lafayette (see map below) encompass a land area of 29.47 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Tippecanoe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 702 feet.

The City of Lafayette (GNIS ID: 2395583) 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 Lafayette is located within Township of Fairfield, a minor civil division (MCD) of Tippecanoe County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lafayette population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lafayette: La Fayette.

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Lafayette, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 74,473
Daytime Population: Workers 59,887
Daytime Population: Residents 37,305
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 97,192
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.31
Population in Households 73,030
Population in Familes 52,065
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,443
Population Density2 2,527
Diversity Index3 51


Median Household Income $40,584
Average Household Income $55,319
Per Capita Income $23,758


Total Housing Units 34,637 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,988 (43.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 16,637 (48.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,012 ( 8.7%)
Median Home Value $110,389
Average Home Value $135,143


Total Households 31,625
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 17,240
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.04% 1.18%
Households 0.96% 1.12%
Families 0.75% 0.95%
Median Household Income   1.12%
Per Capita Income   2.24%

Lafayette, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lafayette to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 10 99th
Population Density # 49 93rd
Diversity Index # 35 95th
Median Household Income # 543 20th
Per Capita Income # 345 49th

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