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West Lafayette, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of West Lafayette had a population of 31,635 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Lafayette: Chauncey, Kingston.

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


Total Population 31,635
Daytime Population: Workers 11,009
Daytime Population: Residents 18,741
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 29,750
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.94
Population in Households 28,360
Population in Familes 12,309
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,275
Population Density2 4,155
Diversity Index3 49


Median Household Income $29,070
Average Household Income $59,688
Per Capita Income $24,684


Total Housing Units 13,646 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,916 (28.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,817 (64.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 913 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $194,111
Average Home Value $242,138


Total Households 12,733
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 4,240
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 0.92% 0.96%
Households 0.89% 1.03%
Families 0.56% 0.59%
Median Household Income   0.83%
Per Capita Income   1.82%

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, 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 # 29 96th
Population Density # 4 100th
Diversity Index # 40 94th
Median Household Income # 673 1st
Per Capita Income # 288 58th

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