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West Lafayette is a city in Tippecanoe County, in the Lafayette metro area.

The latitude of West Lafayette is 40.425N. The longitude is -86.908W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 614 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 29,835.


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Median household income
Local
$24,869
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our West Lafayette demographic reports
West Lafayette is on the Wabash River.
Former and merged names include:
· Chauncey
· Kingston
Land speculator John Purdue offered 100 acres and $150,000 for a university here. The college opened in 1874.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 30. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1 per 1,000 people.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Wabash Riverfest - July 7, 2007
  • Global Fest - Sept. 1, 2007
Dates often change. Check West Lafayette web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Fort Ouiatenan Historical Park
Colleges and universities: Purdue University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about West Lafayette demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Tippecanoe County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Lafayette area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 47906 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

24% of West Lafayette residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the West Lafayette ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in West Lafayette was $18,337, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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70% of West Lafayette residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in West Lafayette, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $542.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,239.


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Libraries in West Lafayette include Library Annex, Morton Community Center, West Lafayette Public Library ... View libraries

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National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WBAA-FM.

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Tippecanoe County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our West Lafayette political report.

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The average commute time for West Lafayette workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in West Lafayette include Econo Lodge, Hilton Garden Inn, Prestige Inn West Lafayette, Rodeway Inn West Lafayette, University Inn.

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