5.4 out of 10

West Lafayette

40.4423648402576 -86.9138195939376
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5

"Land of the Boilermakers"

West Lafayette is on the Purdue side of the Wabash River, and is as collegiate as the town of Lafayette (back across the Wabash) is dead-quiet, quaint, and old-white-people-y. West Lafayette is tiny. It's most thriving neighborhood is Chauncey Hill, right next to the Purdue campus. Chauncey Hill is incredibly diverse, with nothing but specialty ethnic grocery stores, a huge variety of ethnic restaurants and hookah bars, and various shops all owned by Indian/Middle-eastern/various exotic non-white people.

It's a fun area and the diversity is all due to the people the university attracts, so it's VERY different from Lafayette. It also has great independent bookstores with character, Prohibition-era bars, and tons of amazing Indian restaurants.

West Lafayette is also home to the famous Triple XXX, which was featured on the Food Network. Don't miss out.

This is a great place to raise a family. There are quieter streets as you get further away from Chauncey Hill, and the high school in West Lafayette is one of the best in the country. Not a lot of crime or nuisance, again as long as you stay away from rowdy college bars. And you can catch Purdue games too.
  • Purdue University
  • Cost of living
  • Great schools
  • Not very big or "exciting" in an urban way
  • 2.5 hours drive from Chicago
  • most job opportunities revolve around Purdue
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers

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