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Encyclopedia > West Lafayette, Indiana
City of West Lafayette, Indiana
Coordinates: 40°26′31″N 86°54′45″W / 40.44194, -86.9125
Country United States
State Indiana
County Tippecanoe
Township Wabash Township
Incorporated 1888
Government
 - Mayor John Dennis
Area
 - City  5.5 sq mi (14.3 km²)
 - Land  5.5 sq mi (14.3 km²)
 - Water  0 sq mi (0.0 km²)
 - Metro  904.6 sq mi (2,342.9 km²)
Elevation [1]  614 ft (187 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 28,778
 - Density 5,219.6/sq mi (1,962.3/km²)
 - Metro 182,821
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47906
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-82862GR2
GNIS feature ID 0445775GR3
Website: www.city.west-lafayette.in.us
Chauncey Village area of West Lafayette
Chauncey Village area of West Lafayette

West Lafayette (IPA: [wɛst ˈlɑ.fəˌjɛt]) is a city in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, 65 miles (105km) northwest of Indianapolis. The population was 28,778 at the 2000 census. It is located across the Wabash River from Lafayette, Indiana and is home to Purdue University. Image File history File links Tippecanoe_County_Indiana_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_West_Lafayette_Highlighted. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... Listed are the 92 counties of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Tippecanoe County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... This alphabetic list of townships in Indiana is based on the U.S. Census for 2000. ... Wabash Township is one of thirteen townships located within Tippecanoe County, Indiana. ... A Municipal Corporation is a legal defintion for a local governing body, including (but not necessarily limited to) cities, counties, and towns. ... For the toll-free telephone number see Toll-free telephone number Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... John Dennis (1657 - January 6, 1734), English critic and dramatist, the son of a saddler, was born in London. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... “Eastern Daylight Time” redirects here. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... Eastern Daylight Time or EDT is equal to: In North America, Eastern Standard Time + 1, or UTC − 4 hours. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 3. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Tippecanoe County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... Indianapolis redirects here. ... The Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana, showing the Main Street bridge, and the Amtrak station. ... Lafayette (IPA: ) is a city in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA, 63 miles (101 km) northwest of Indianapolis. ... Purdue redirects here. ...

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History

The original "West Lafayette" was laid out by Augustus Wylie in 1836 and located in the Wabash River floodplain south of the present Levee. Due to regular flooding of the site, Wylie's town was never built. The present city was formed in 1888 by the merger of the adjacent suburban towns of Chauncey, Oakwood, and Kingston, located on a bluff across the Wabash River from Lafayette, Indiana. [2] The three towns had been small suburban villages which were directly adjacent to one another. Kingston was laid out in 1855 by Jesse B. Lutz. Chauncey was platted in 1860 by the Chauncey family of Philadelphia, wealthy land speculators. Chauncey and Kingston formed a municipal government in 1866 which selected the name “Chauncey.” [2] The Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana, showing the Main Street bridge, and the Amtrak station. ... For the toll-free telephone number see Toll-free telephone number Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana, showing the Main Street bridge, and the Amtrak station. ... Lafayette (IPA: ) is a city in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA, 63 miles (101 km) northwest of Indianapolis. ... Year 1855 (MDCCCLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ...


The new town of Chauncey remained a small suburban village until Purdue University opened in 1869. In 1871 Chauncey voted to be annexed by Lafayette because it was unable to provide the infrastructure (improved streets, waterworks, police and fire protection). Lafayette voted against annexing Chauncey because of the high cost of the many improvements that the village lacked.[3] By the time of West Lafayette’s formation in 1888, the growth of the university was fueling the growth of the little town. The address of Purdue University was given as "Lafayette, Indiana" until well into the twentieth century. West Lafayette never gained a railroad depot and lagged several years behind Lafayette in the establishment of municipal infrastructure and services. However, by the 1940s, West Lafayette had emerged as an independent suburban city. Purdue redirects here. ... Purdue redirects here. ...


Geography

West Lafayette is located at 40°26′31″N, 86°54′45″W (40.441935, -86.912409)GR1 and overlooks the Wabash River, which borders the city on the east and south. It occupies Wabash Township and has an elevation that ranges from a little over 500 feet near the river to more than 720 feet in northern parts of the city near U.S. Route 52. Wabash Township is one of thirteen townships located within Tippecanoe County, Indiana. ... U.S. Highway 52 is an unusual United States highway. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.3 km² (5.5 mi²). 14.3 km² (5.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.18% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 28,778 people, 10,462 households, and 3,588 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,016.6/km² (5,219.6/mi²). There were 10,819 housing units at an average density of 758.1/km² (1,962.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.34% White, 11.34% Asian, 2.38% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.20% of the population.[4] Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The household is the basic unit of analysis in many microeconomic and government models. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 10,462 households out of which 14.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.6% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 65.7% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.89. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


The age distribution is spread out with 10.4% under the age of 18, 54.6% from 18 to 24, 16.9% from 25 to 44, 10.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. This age distribution reflects the high percentage of Purdue University students living in the city. For every 100 females there are 133.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 137.2 males. The unusual sex distribution can also be explained by Purdue's presence; the school has large programs in several male-dominated academic fields such as engineering. Engineering is the discipline of acquiring and applying knowledge to design, analysis, and/or construction of works for practical purposes. ...


Population income

The median income for a household in the city was $24,869, and the median income for a family was $71,510. Males had a median income of $46,787 versus $30,218 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,337. About 9.5% of families and 38.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. However, traditional measures of poverty can be highly misleading when applied to communities with a large proportion of students, such as West Lafayette. The median household income is commonly used to provide data about geographic areas and divides households into two equal segments with the first half of households earning less than the median household income and the other half earning more. ... The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government

The city's elected officials consist of the mayor, the clerk-treasurer and a 7-member Common Council. A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ...


The mayor is the city's chief executive officer and chairs the Common Council and the Board of Public Works and Safety.


The clerk-treasurer serves as the finance officer of the city, the clerk of the city, and the court clerk.


The 7-member Common Council holds the city's legislative authority and makes the laws through ordinances, orders, resolutions and motions. The city is divided into 5 districts, and the Common Council consists of one council member from each district, plus two at-large council members. Elected by the council members, the president of the Common Council is first in the line of succession should the mayor not finish his or her term of office. He or she also presides over the council in the mayor's absence. A legislature is a governmental deliberative body with the power to adopt laws. ...


All city elected officials have term of office of 4 years with no limit on the number of terms. Regular elections for all offices are held at the same time in the odd year preceding the presidential election year.[5]


Education

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


The West Lafayette Community School Corporation administers three schools. Students attend Cumberland Elementary School through third grade, while students in grades 4-6 attend Happy Hollow Elementary School. Students in the 7th grade and above attend West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School. [6] The West Lafayette Community School Corporation administers the following schools in West Lafayette, Indiana: Cumberland Elementary School [1] Happy Hollow Elementary School [2] West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School [3] External links West Lafayette Community School Corporation Categories: | | ... West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School (also informally known as West Side High School), is the only high school within the West Lafayette city limits. ...


The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates Pleasantview SDA School which offers courses for grades K-8, and the Montessori School of Greater Lafayette teaches K-6. There are other schools, both public and private, that have a West Lafayette address, but these are actually located outside the city limits. The Seventh-day Adventist (abbreviated Adventist[1]) Church is a Christian denomination which is distinguished by its observance of Saturday, the seventh day of the week, as the Sabbath. ...


Economy

The economy of West Lafayette is heavily influenced by the presence of Purdue University, with an enrollment of nearly 40,000, more than the city's population. The university employs 12,000 people, most of whom live in either West Lafayette or Lafayette.


The 591-acre Purdue Research Park, established in 1961, is home to more than 140 high-tech companies with 2,500 employees and offers state-of-the-art communications infrastructure, world-class research facilities, a business incubation complex to help start-up firms and scenic walking trails and lakes. It is one of the largest university-affiliated research parks in the United States. The Purdue Research Park is owned by Purdue Research Foundation, the university's funding and technology licensing arm. Companies located in the Purdue Research Park include: Purdue Research Park is a 591-acre research park located in West Lafayette, Indiana, less than 3 miles north of Purdue Universitys West Lafayette campus. ...

As of July 2006, the unemployment rate for the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes West Lafayette, is 4.5%.[7] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Commercial activities, however, take place mostly across the river in Lafayette. The largest commercial area in West Lafayette is the 90-acre Levee area, which has become a thriving urban-type district since the entire area was reconstructed and the Pedestrian Bridge to Lafayette replaced the old State Street bridge. The Levee features Wabash Landing which has shops, restaurants, coffee shops, a 9-screen movie theatre, the Hilton Garden hotel, and the Riverside Skating Center.


News and media

West Lafayette residents use many of the news and media outlets located in its twin city of Lafayette. Media located in West Lafayette proper include:

  • The Purdue Exponent. Purdue University's daily independent student newspaper serving Purdue, West Lafayette, and Lafayette. Newsroom and offices located just off campus on Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette.
  • WLFI-TV. Channel 18, a CBS affiliate
  • WBAA Radio. (920AM, 101.3FM), a National Public Radio affiliate with studios located on the Purdue University campus
  • WGLM Radio. (106.7FM)

The Purdue Exponent is one of a handful of daily independent student newspapers, with most other college newspapers being owned by the university or operated by the journalism school. ... WLFI-TV News Channel 18 is the CBS television affiliate in West Lafayette, Indiana. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... WBAA is an AM radio station owned by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. ... NPR redirects here. ... Purdue redirects here. ...

Transportation

Public transportation in West Lafayette is managed by the Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation. The Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation (GLPTC) is a municipal corporation founded in 1971 to provide bus services in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. ...


Airports

Purdue University Airport (IATA: LAF, ICAO: KLAF) is a public airport located 2 miles (3 km) southwest of the city of Lafayette, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA. Facilities Purdue University Airport covers 502 acres and has two runways: Runway 10/28: 6,600 x 150 ft. ...

Highways

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Railroads

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Points of interest

Purdue redirects here. ... The Purdue University Horticulture Gardens (0. ... Fort Ouiatenon was the first fortified European settlement in what is now called Indiana, located approximately three miles southwest of modern-day West Lafayette. ...

Notable natives

For notable residents associated with Purdue University see List of Purdue University people
For notable natives from the neighboring city Lafayette, Indiana see that page. Purdue redirects here. ... This is a list of people associated with Purdue University in the United States. ... Lafayette (IPA: ) is a city in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA, 63 miles (101 km) northwest of Indianapolis. ...

John Purdue (born October 31, 1802 in Huntington County, Pennsylvania) was a famous industrialist based in Lafayette, Indiana and the primary original benefactor of Purdue University. ... Purdue redirects here. ... Mary Anissa Jones (March 11, 1958 – August 28, 1976) was an American child actress, born in West Lafayette, Indiana. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... // Family Affair Family Affair was a situation comedy television series that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to September 9, 1971. ... SpaceShipOne test pilot Brian Binnie Brian Binnie is one of the test pilots for SpaceShipOne, the experimental spaceplane developed by Scaled Composites. ... SpaceShipOne is small, having a three-person cabin and short but wide wings. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Emblem of the United States Pacific Command New emblem: [1] The United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), led by the Commander, Pacific Command (CDRUSPACOM), is the supreme military authority for the various branches of the Armed Forces of the United States serving within its area of responsibility (AOR). ... Cleve Jones (born 1954 in West Lafayette, Indiana) is best known as the person who conceived of the AIDS quilt. ... The AIDS Quilt The AIDS Memorial Quilt is an enormous quilt made as a memorial to and celebration of the lives of people who have died of AIDS-related causes. ... Governor Harry G. Leslie Harry Guyer Leslie (April 6, 1878 - December 10, 1937) was born of pioneer parents in West Lafayette, Indiana. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ...

See also

  • Neighborhoods of West Lafayette

The following is a list of neighborhoods within the city limits of West Lafayette, Indiana. ...

References

  1. ^ USGS detail on West Lafayette. Retrieved on 2007-09-21.
  2. ^ a b The History of West Lafayette. City of West Lafayette. Retrieved on 2006-09-09.
  3. ^ Robert Kriebel (1990). Old Lafayette volume 2: 1854-1876. Tippecanoe County Historical Association. 
  4. ^ Census data for West Lafayette, Indiana. Retrieved on 2006-09-09.
  5. ^ West Lafayette City Code. Retrieved on 2006-09-12.
  6. ^ West Lafayette Community School Corporation.
  7. ^ Indiana Workforce Development (press release dated August 23, 2006). Preliminary State Unemployment Figures Released. Retrieved on 2006_09_12.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

Coordinates: 40.441935° N 86.912409° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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