This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, West Lafayette has a low population density. West Lafayette is perfect for those who want to be in the city without constantly rubbing shoulders.
West Lafayette, IN is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 10/10 and an overall value of 8/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. West Lafayette has a population density of 5,495, with 30,295 current residents.
Out of the 30,295 current residents, 58% are male and 42% are female. 32% of the residents are married and 68% are single.
- 51% Sun
- 36% Rain
- 21% Snow
51°F average temperature
- 30 years Median home age
- $149,000 Median home price
- -8.07% Home appreciation rate
- 8.89% Annual property tax
As for living in West Lafayette, the air quality is 37% and the weather, on average, is 51% sunny, 36% rainy, and 21% snowy. The average temperature is 51°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in West Lafayette, you should know that 30.1% of homes are owned while 65.8% of homes are rented, and 4.1% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $149,000, the median age of homes is 30 years, the annual home appreciation is -8.07% and the annual property tax is 8.89%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)3
When looking at the community of West Lafayette, it’s important to determine the crime rate. West Lafayette’s crime rate is 3 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in West Lafayette is 24 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 55.05% Democratic, 43.45% Republican, and 1.50% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:17
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
96%High school diploma
4%Some college or associates degree
39%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at West Lafayette, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 5.10% of residents are unemployed in West Lafayette (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed West Lafayette residents: 9.9% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 42.88% are in the arts and sciences field, 17.2% are in the customer service field, 20.6% are in the sales field, 1.07% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 2.5% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 5.9% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:17. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 96.14%, 3.72% of residents have an associate’s degree, 31.01% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 39.39% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in West Lafayette, you should be aware that the average commute time is 16 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of West Lafayette have a few different options. 67% of commuters use their own cars, 7% of commuters carpool, 2% of commuters use the transit system, and 3% of residents work from home.