10 Facts About West Lafayette


West Lafayette is a city in Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, about 65 miles northwest of the state capital of Indianapolis and 113 miles southeast of Chicago.

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West Lafayette is directly across the Wabash River from its sister city, Lafayette.

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West Lafayette voted against annexing Chauncey because of the high cost of the many improvements that the village lacked.

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West Lafayette never gained a railroad depot and lagged several years behind Lafayette in the establishment of municipal infrastructure and services.

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Today, West Lafayette has established itself as a separate city, with independent services and unique neighborhoods distinct from those of its sister city, Lafayette.

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In November 2013, the City of West Lafayette approved an annexation that placed much of the Purdue University academic campus and residence hall system within the official boundaries of the municipality for the first time.

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West Lafayette is the home of Purdue University's main campus, with an enrollment of over 40,000 students.

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The West Lafayette Community School Corporation is a top rated, public school district with numerous accolades.

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Economy of West Lafayette is heavily influenced by the presence of Purdue University, with an enrollment of over 50,000, more than the city's population.

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Public transportation in West Lafayette is managed by the Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation.

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