Life in West Lafayette, Indiana

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to West Lafayette, Indiana? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in West Lafayette?
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It's a typical Midwestern climate, although there are tornado warnings sometimes in the fall. In the winter the snow piles high, there have been blizzards, and it can get to like around 10 F. Lots of icy roads and sidewalks, but the city is good at maintaining everything so it's not dangerous to drive or walk. In the summer there is no humidity but it can be very hot, like up to 97 F I remember. But from May to September it's always warm, and only starts to cool around October, and then it gets VERY cold in January.Being a college town, when there is crime in West Lafayette it tends to belong to several common categories. From what I remember, it was mostly limited to things like vandalism/mischief, drunk driving, bike theft (there is a lot of bicycle theft, sadly), public intoxication, and so on. Purdue University dominates the town (there are 40,000 students and roughly 30,000 year-round residents), so that explains the crime statistics. The only time I ever heard of assault was when a mentally disturbed homeless man entered one of the student libraries and hit a student for no reason.

I have not heard of any serious felonies happening. I always felt pretty safe, even late at night and without much company.
The best part of town is without a doubt Chauncey Hill, although the Landing is also good. Chauncey Hill is where all the student life is, and since the neighborhood is right next to Purdue, it is very multicultural and interesting and fun, unlike the rest of the town, which is mostly chain stores and Midwestern-ness. Chauncey Hill has tons of college bars, hookah bars, ethnic restaurants, and an interesting independent bookstore called Von's. Chauncey Hill is bounded by State St and Northwestern Ave. 90% of the apartment building residents are students. Maybe more like 94-97%. Purdue has on of the largest percentage of international students in the country so the student body around Chauncey Hill can be very cosmopolitan. There are only apartments here, no individual homes. Some of them are new and quite nice, and some are a little older, but all of them are typical student flats.

The area where Wal-Mart is, however, is kind of unsafe from what I've heard (bound by Sagamore Parkway and Cumberland Ave). There are a lot of homeless people around there and I've had a friend robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot.

West Lafayette's population is separated into university people (faculty, students, administrators, etc) and townspeople (everyone else). The two groups can be very different. The town people are conservative, Christian, and all-American, but generally all are educated. But this demographic is middle-aged/old, white and small town.

While a large proportion of the Purdue student body is also conservative and Christian, there is considerably more diversity. There are students in West Lafayette from all over the country and all over the world, and many of them are very affluent, so you'll see a lot of BMWs and the like whizzing around this sleepy Midwestern town. There are a lot of Indians and Asians in the student body.
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The downtown shopping is pretty terrible as far as the mall is concerned. However, the Landing has Borders, Gamestop, and other fun stores for students, apart from the movie theater, so it is quite fun.All the best restaurants are on Chauncey Hill. Maza Mediterranean Grill is pretty excellent.Excellent. The public schools have produced Scripps Spelling Bee champions, Ivy League students, etc.Only if you're a student at Purdue.
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Loud college parties are really the only source of noise.Carmel, Indiana is wealthier and far more expensive than West Lafayette. It's better for families, but would be boring for students. It has an excellent high school, but not necessarily better than West Lafayette's. The dining and shopping is far more higher-end at Carmel and whether you'd prefer to live in Carmel instead of West Lafayette depends on whether you're a student or not.

Kokomo, Indiana is another town near West Lafayette. It is definitely bigger and busier than West Lafayette, but also more homogeneous, blue-collar, and boring. It is very industrial-heavy and the town's population are mostly small-town locals, so there is not a lot of cultural activity going on and it's not very in-touch with the urban, big-city atmosphere. There is also more crime than in West Lafayette. West Lafayette is likely a more fun place to live.
Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health-Lafayette Central. It's a well-maintained, well-equipped, well-organized hospital and the nurses are very nice.Chauncey Village has everything that is worth visiting. There are no historic or scenic spots.
General comments   
It's a normal college town. It's not very visually appealing, though it should be as it sits by a big river (the Wabash) and the town across the river, Lafayette, actually has quite a pretty and historic downtown. But it's a highly educated town for all of its small Midwestern quaintness. The West Lafayette High School is one of the best in the country and Purdue students do a lot of outreach and volunteer work around the town. The cost of living is very low, there is always something to do IF you are a student and you have friends, and it feels safe. It's about 2 and a half hours from Chicago and 1 and a half hours from Indianapolis, but there is plenty to do in town if you have friends.

If you like Big Ten college football, Greek parties, loud college bars and Asian/South Asian food, you won't be disappointed. And if you are more into indie bookstores, cosmopolitan social gatherings with an international crowd and quieter bars, those are there too.
West Lafayette, Indiana population: 29596

How many black people live in West Lafayette? How many white people?
Number of White People22736Percentage of White people76.8%
Number of Black People971Percentage of Black people3.3%
Number of Hispanic People1180Percentage of Hispanic people4%
Number of Asian People5545Percentage of Asian people18.8%
Number of American Indian People118Percentage of American Indian people0.4%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

West Lafayette, Indiana

Percent college grads: 73.7%
Percent grad school grads: 45.1%
Unemployment rate: 7.3
Median house value: 170800
Median income: 25988

How many singles in West Lafayette?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
900556941.58men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
3742501.5men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
1753370.52men for each woman

Crimes in West Lafayette, Indiana
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault380%1%
Auto Theft250%0%

Weather History for West Lafayette, Indiana

West Lafayette, Indiana Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0007444445354970
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year0594620413733366330

How many hot humid days a year does West Lafayette, Indiana have?
How many cloudy days a year does West Lafayette, Indiana have?
How many sunny days a year does West Lafayette, Indiana have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does West Lafayette, Indiana have? How windy is it?
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MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year9620689700893975157

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.