West Lafayette is a small city in Indiana with a population of just under 47,000. Young adults (15-24) can expect to fit right in, as they make up an above-average percentage of the community, while young professionals account for a smaller percentage of the city. Overall, the city's residents, at an average age of just over 28, skew decidedly younger than most cities in Indiana, ranking as the second-youngest municipality in the state. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in the city, and 66% of residents are renting despite paying roughly $188 per month more in rent than the state average.
Many West Lafayette residents work in one of two industries: education and entertainment. Combined, these industries make up 24% of the city's workforce. West Lafayette workers earn an average annual income of around $57,000, about $5,000 less than the state average. The city's average income also trails the national average of $73,345. West Lafayette has a large percentage of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 13% have earned a Master's or a Doctorate. Further, 9% have earned a Bachelor's degree.
With an average commute time of about 18 minutes, shorter than most cities in the state, West Lafayette residents find that traveling to work isn't overly time-consuming. Driving a car or truck is the prevailing way to get to work, selected by 24% of workers, while public transportation is not used widely. Walking (10%) isn't a common method of commuting to work, though the number far exceeds the national average.