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Welcome to West Lafayette ...

The city of West Lafayette is located in Tippecanoe County<1>.

The location of West Lafayette has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

A typical abbreviation for West Lafayette: W. Lafayette

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, West Lafayette has a population of 50,836 people<3> (see below for details).

West Lafayette was established in 1888.

The community of West Lafayette is 710 feet [216 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: West Lafayette lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from West Lafayette (for example, toward Alvin (IL)), you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The area code for West Lafayette: (765)

The ZIP codes for West Lafayette: 47906-47907, 47996<5>

Websites for West Lafayette ...

Official Website: www.city.west-lafayette.in.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, West Lafayette had an population of 50,836 people. This is an increase of 71.77% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 76.65% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, West Lafayette had a population of 29,596 people (which is 17.13% of the total population of Tippecanoe County). This makes West Lafayette the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of West Lafayette represents 0.46% of the population of Indiana (which has 6,483,802 people), making it the state's 32nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 29,596 people, the population of West Lafayette increased 2.84% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 28,778 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for West Lafayette.

Communities Also Named West Lafayette ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named West Lafayette - it's located in Ohio.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for West Lafayette.

Communities near West Lafayette ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near West Lafayette.

  • Delphi (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Delphi
    • Delphi lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of West Lafayette and is located in Carroll County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,909 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Delphi
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Delphi<7>
  • Shadeland (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shadeland
    • Shadeland lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the south of West Lafayette and is located in Tippecanoe County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,922 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shadeland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shadeland
  • Dayton (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dayton
    • Dayton lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southeast of West Lafayette and is located in Tippecanoe County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,667 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dayton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dayton<7>
  • Brookston (10 miles [16.1 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brookston
    • Brookston lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the north of West Lafayette and is located in White County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,541 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brookston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brookston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brookston<7>
  • Rossville (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rossville
    • Rossville lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the east of West Lafayette and is located in Clinton County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,540 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rossville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rossville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rossville<7>
  • Otterbein (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otterbein
    • Otterbein lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the west of West Lafayette and is located in Benton County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,258 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Otterbein have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otterbein
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Otterbein<7>
  • Mulberry (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mulberry
    • Mulberry lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of West Lafayette and is located in Clinton County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,213 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mulberry
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mulberry<7>
  • Oxford (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oxford
    • Oxford lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the west of West Lafayette and is located in Benton County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,145 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oxford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oxford
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oxford<7>
  • Linden (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Linden
    • Linden lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the south of West Lafayette and is located in Montgomery County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 767 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Linden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Linden
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Linden<7>
  • Clarks Hill (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarks Hill
    • Clarks Hill lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southeast of West Lafayette and is located in Tippecanoe County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 734 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarks Hill
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarks Hill<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around West Lafayette. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for West Lafayette.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of West Lafayette. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around West Lafayette.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around West Lafayette. See our Newspapers Page for West Lafayette.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for West Lafayette ...

Looking for more information about West Lafayette? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for West Lafayette, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for West Lafayette.

Adding West Lafayette to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of West Lafayette in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for West Lafayette was on a map titled Road Map for Indiana (from Shell Oil, 1956).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for West Lafayette on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for West Lafayette

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Indiana

About Tippecanoe County

About Indiana

The official website for West Lafayette: www.city.west-lafayette.in.us/

The official website for Tippecanoe County: www.co.tippecanoe.in.us/

The official website for State of Indiana: https://www.in.gov

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Indiana's counties, including Tippecanoe, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for West Lafayette.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around West Lafayette - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as West Lafayette). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether West Lafayette or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for West Lafayette includes: 47906 & 47907.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Lafayette) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for West Lafayette. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from West LafayetteOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Lafayette. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.4555, Longitude: -86.9139       In this case, the coordinates for West Lafayette have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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