West Lafayette is located just across the Wabash River from its neighbour Lafayette in Tippecanoe County. West Lafayette is a dense, diverse, and urban city and a great place to live if you are young or looking to live in a vibrant city filled with events and things happening throughout the year. Many students move to West Lafayette to attend Purdue University, which is also located there. Others come for the employment opportunities to be found in the greater Lafayette area. If you want to live in a city, West Lafayette is one of the nicest in Indiana.
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West Lafayette has a long and rich history. It is near the site of the famed Battle of Tippecanoe. Several different communities in the area merged in 1888 to form the city that exists today. As a result many types of homes have been built over many different periods in a number of styles. This variety means you can find something to meet your tastes and preferences.
Homes are available in a range of sizes and prices. Even the most affordable homes are high in quality. There are also higher-density living options like condos, apartments, and townhouses that are suited for students and those looking for an urban lifestyle.
The roads running through West Lafayette make it simple to explore and move about the state. US-52 and US-231 both run through West Lafayette. US-52 runs to Joliet, Illinois and Indianapolis. US-231 runs to Crown Point and Owensboro, Kentucky. Interstate 65 makes it easy to reach both Gary and Indianapolis.
If you don’t have a vehicle, West Lafayette offers you options you can’t find in most other places. Amtrak stops at its Lafayette Station while CSX Transportation, Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad, and Norfolk Southern Railway also operate in the region. Public transportation is provided by the Greater Lafayette Transportation Corporation. It serves Purdue, West Lafayette, and Lafayette.
As a vibrant city with many young people and a dense population, there are many shopping areas and stores in West Lafayette. All the basic necessities like groceries are easy to reach. You can find most chains in the city. It is also easy to go to Lafayette for additional shopping choices there including a mall along with other independent boutiques and stores in both cities. Depending on where you decide to live in the city, there are stores located near houses that make it easy to pop out and grab something.
It's also easy to find something good to eat in West Lafayette. The same areas that are filled with shops and street life also has a variety of cafes, coffee shops, diners, restaurants, and bars. Most styles of food are available in the city. There is a wide array to chose from that should satisfy any cravings.
With its university and dense population, West Lafayette has abundant cultural and entertainment options. Local points of interest include the Purdue University Horticulture Gardens, Purdue Horticulture Park, Celery Bog Nature Area, Lily Nature Center, and Fort Ouiatenon (an early French fort).
There are also numerous parks and athletics fields and golf courses in the city when you want to get out. There is an arena and music center at Purdue. The city offers recreational classes, shelter and facility rental, and adult softball leagues. West Lafayette is also home to the Morton Community Center, a large multi-purpose building with facilities for many different types of activities that includes a playground and picnic area outside.
For dedicated walkers and bicyclists, there are numerous trails in the city. Any children you might have will certainly enjoy the pool and a skating center.
West Lafayette has a farmers market that runs from the spring to the fall. There is a public library that offers various services, events, and programs.
West Lafayette and the greater Lafayette area have a bustling economy. Much of that activity is tied to Purdue University. Between the large student body and the number of people the institution employs, it is very important to West Lafayette. The Purdue Research Park plays host to over a hundred companies, many of which are involved in technology.
Many other employers and commercial operations are based across the river in Lafayette. The most common industries are educational service, accommodation, food services, manufacturing, and retail trade. The most common occupations are for post-secondary teachers, management, computer specialists, retail sales workers, waiters and waitresses, other teachers and instructors.
The West Lafayette Community School Corporation runs three schools. Students go to Cumberland Elementary school from K–3rd Grade, then continuing on at Happy Hollow Elementary School from Grades 4–6, and West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School from Grades 7–12.
Pleasantview SDA School is run by the Seventh Day Adventists Church and covers students in Grades K–8. The Montessori School of Greater Lafayette teaches students from K–6. The West Lafayette Community School Corporation does not serve areas that were added to the city in 2000. These are served by county schools.