West Lafayette, IN

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2022 Population
44,861
0.777% 1-year growth
US Senator
Todd Young
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Braun
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
21.4
0.465% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
39.2%
4.43% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$30,317
5.47% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$303,300
22.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
19,825
0.627% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, West Lafayette, IN had a population of 44.9k people with a median age of 21.4 and a median household income of $30,317. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of West Lafayette, IN grew from 44,515 to 44,861, a 0.777% increase and its median household income grew from $28,744 to $30,317, a 5.47% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in West Lafayette, IN are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.5%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (21%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.62%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.28%), and White (Hispanic) (2.14%).

None of the households in West Lafayette, IN reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

84.6% of the residents in West Lafayette, IN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in West Lafayette, IN are Purdue University-Main Campus (13,356 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in West Lafayette, IN was $303,300, and the homeownership rate was 29.5%.

Most people in West Lafayette, IN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.3 minutes. The average car ownership in West Lafayette, IN was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

West Lafayette, IN is home to a population of 44.9k people, from which 84.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 22.4% of West Lafayette, IN residents were born outside of the country (10.1k people).

In 2022, there were 3.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.9k people) in West Lafayette, IN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.44k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.62k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

84.6%
2022 Citizenship
83.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 84.6% of West Lafayette, IN residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in West Lafayette, IN was 83.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in West Lafayette, IN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    29.9k ± 841
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    9.44k ± 719
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.62k ± 393
4.86%
Hispanic Population
2.18k people

In 2022, there were 3.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.9k people) in West Lafayette, IN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.44k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.62k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.86% of the people in West Lafayette, IN are hispanic (2.18k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    101,350 ± 7,757 people
  2. India
    35,477 ± 4,612 people
  3. China
    18,850 ± 3,366 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Indiana was Mexico, the natal country of 101,350 Indiana residents, followed by India with 35,477 and China with 18,850.

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Foreign-Born Population

22.4%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
10.1k people
22.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
10.1k people

As of 2022, 22.4% of West Lafayette, IN residents (10.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in West Lafayette, IN was 22.8%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Korea
    189 ± 189
  2. Vietnam
    181 ± 82
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    140 ± 94

West Lafayette, IN has a large population of military personnel who served in Korea, 1.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of West Lafayette, IN employs 19.8k people. The largest industries in West Lafayette, IN are Educational Services (7,800 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,497 people), and Retail Trade (1,715 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($44,441), Construction ($35,399), and Manufacturing ($34,101).

Males in Indiana have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,980. The income inequality in Indiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.448, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

19.8k
2022 Value
± 1,206
−0.627%
1 Year decline
± 8.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in West Lafayette, IN declined at a rate of −0.627%, from 20k employees to 19.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in West Lafayette, IN, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (4,448 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,123 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,752 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of West Lafayette, IN.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

19.8k
2022 Value
± 1,206
−0.627%
1 Year decline
± 8.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in West Lafayette, IN declined at a rate of −0.627%, from 20k employees to 19.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in West Lafayette, IN, are Educational Services (7,800 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,497 people), and Retail Trade (1,715 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of West Lafayette, IN, though some of these residents may live in West Lafayette, IN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$20,991
Median earning men ± $1,757
$11,294
Median earning women ± $1,363

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($81,198), Other Services Except Public Administration ($40,098), and Wholesale Trade ($38,889).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($42,697), Manufacturing ($33,203), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($19,779).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.21M people employed in Indiana. This represents a 2.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 15.4%.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Indiana went to Donald J. Trump with 57% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.95%).

Todd Young and Mike Braun are the senators currently representing the state of Indiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Indiana is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Indiana

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Todd Young
Senator from Indiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017
Mike Braun
Senator from Indiana1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019

Todd Young and Mike Braun are the senators currently representing Indiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Indiana

Indiana is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Indiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in West Lafayette, IN awarded 13,356 degrees. The student population of West Lafayette, IN in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 29,790 male students and 21,738 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in West Lafayette, IN are White (8,031 and 72.5%), followed by Asian (1,296 and 11.7%), Hispanic or Latino (708 and 6.39%), and Two or More Races (481 and 4.34%).

The largest universities in West Lafayette, IN by number of degrees awarded are Purdue University-Main Campus (13,356 and 100%).

The most popular majors in West Lafayette, IN are General Business Administration & Management (728 and 5.45%), Mechanical Engineering (648 and 4.85%), and Aerospace, Aeronautical, & Astronautical Engineering (539 and 4.04%).

The median tuition cost in West Lafayette, IN for a public four year colleges is $9,718 for in-state students and $28,520 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in West Lafayette, IN, the percentage of applicants admitted was 52.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 26.1%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 51,528 (57.8% men and 42.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 51,528 students enrolled in West Lafayette, IN, 57.8% men and 42.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 28,700 records, of which 45.2% were women and 54.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 439 degrees awarded
  2. 430 degrees awarded
  3. 298 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in West Lafayette, IN was Computer Science with 439 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
13,356 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Purdue University-Main Campus with 13,356 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 7,336 men were awarded degrees from institutions in West Lafayette, IN, which is 1.22 times more than the 6,020 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 8,031 degrees mean that there were 6.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,296 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($9,718) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($274) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,010) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.799% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.781% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.75M), Some college (1.13M), and Bachelors Degree (879k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in West Lafayette, IN was $303,300 in 2022, which is 1.08 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $248,100 to $303,300, a 22.2% increase. The homeownership rate in West Lafayette, IN is 29.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in West Lafayette, IN have an average commute time of 15.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in West Lafayette, IN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in West Lafayette, IN is $30,317. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in West Lafayette, IN was Census Tract 51.02 with a value of $103,750, followed by Census Tract 106 and Census Tract 52, with respective values of $103,199 and $79,643.

Property

$303,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$19,856
$4,154
Median Property Taxes
±$460

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Rent vs Own

29.5%
Homeownership
2022
64.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 29.5% of the housing units in West Lafayette, IN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 30.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 51.02
  2. Census Tract 106
  3. Census Tract 52

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in West Lafayette, IN was Census Tract 51.02 with a value of $103,750, followed by Census Tract 106 and Census Tract 52, with respective values of $103,199 and $79,643.

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Household Income

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$30,317
Median Household Income
± $3,359
14.1k
Number of Households
± 1,040

In 2022, the median household income of the 14.1k households in West Lafayette, IN grew to $30,317 from the previous year's value of $28,744.

The following chart displays the households in West Lafayette, IN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for West Lafayette, IN is from Indiana.
0.448
2022 Wage GINI in Indiana
0.449
2021 Wage GINI in Indiana

In 2022, the income inequality in Indiana was 0.448 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.283% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Indiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Indiana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (52.6%)
  2. Walked (22.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (10.9%)

In 2022, 52.6% of workers in West Lafayette, IN drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (22.2%) and those who worked at home (10.9%).

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Commute Time

15.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in West Lafayette, IN have a shorter commute time (15.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.326% of the workforce in West Lafayette, IN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in West Lafayette, IN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in West Lafayette, IN have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

39.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in West Lafayette, IN (12k out of 30.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in West Lafayette, IN is White, followed by Asian and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

97.1% of the population of West Lafayette, IN has health coverage, with 66.3% on employee plans, 3.95% on Medicaid, 5.35% on Medicare, 20.6% on non-group plans, and 0.861% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Tippecanoe County, IN see 1450 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0689% decrease from the previous year (1451 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2064 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 643 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,450 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Tippecanoe County, IN

Primary care physicians in Tippecanoe County, IN see an average of 1,450 patients per year. This represents a 0.0689% decrease from the previous year (1,451 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Tippecanoe County, IN in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.2% under 18 years, 60.3% between 18 and 34 years, 13.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 6.81% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 54.7% were men and 45.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

2.93%
Uninsured
66.3%
Employer Coverage
3.95%
Medicaid
5.35%
Medicare
20.6%
Non-Group
0.861%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in West Lafayette, IN declined by 16.4% from 3.5% to 2.93%.

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