Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

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Population

214,760

1.25% growth

Median Age

29.6


Median Household Income

$50,795

5.51% growth

Poverty Rate

19.6%


Number of Employees

105,487

3.09% growth

Median Property Value

$138,400

4.06% growth

About

In 2017, Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN had a population of 215k people with a median age of 29.6 and a median household income of $50,795. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN grew from 212,113 to 214,760, a 1.25% increase and its median household income grew from $48,143 to $50,795, a 5.51% increase.

The population of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is 79.3% White Alone, 7.62% Hispanic or Latino, and 6.93% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN speak a non-English language, and 92.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN are Purdue University-Main Campus (10,791 degrees awarded in 2016), Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing (52 degrees), and Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Lafayette (45 degrees).

The median property value in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is $138,400, and the homeownership rate is 57.7%. Most people in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN employs 105k people. The largest industries in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN are Educational Services (21,134 people), Manufacturing (18,702 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (12,514 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($48,438), Finance & Insurance ($43,164), and Manufacturing ($42,201).

Median household income in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is $50,795. Males in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,677. The income inequality in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,795

2017 value

± $856

5.51%

1 Year Growth

± 3.44%

Households in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN have a median annual income of $50,795, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $48,143 in 2016, which represents a 5.51% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,508

Average Male Salary

± $1,197

$42,677

Average Female Salary

± $917

In 2017, full-time male employees in Indiana made 1.39 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $60,595 ± $7,828

  2. White

    $45,279 ± $744

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $41,920 ± $17,388

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Indiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.34 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is from Indiana.

0.456

2017 Wage GINI

0.457

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Indiana was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0682% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Indiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Indiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Indiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN was Hamilton County, IN with a value of $93,604, followed by Boone County, IN and Hendricks County, IN, with respective values of $81,785 and $70,991.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN (38.9k out of 198k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    27,839 ± 1,247

  2. Asian

    5,312 ± 461

  3. Black

    4,001 ± 517

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is White, followed by Asian and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

105k

2017 Value

± 2,331

3.09%

1 Year growth

± 3.06%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN grew at a rate of 3.09%, from 102k employees to 105k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,599 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (10,958 people), and Production Occupations (10,633 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,599 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (10,958 people), and Production Occupations (10,633 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.14 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.74 times), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.72 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($58,917), Management Occupations ($58,075), and Legal Occupations ($56,042).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

105k

2017 Value

± 2,331

3.09%

1 Year growth

± 3.06%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN grew at a rate of 3.09%, from 102k employees to 105k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN, are Educational Services (21,134 people), Manufacturing (18,702 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (12,514 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN, though some of these residents may live in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN, by number of employees, are Educational Services (21,134 people), Manufacturing (18,702 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (12,514 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.16 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.75 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($48,438), Finance & Insurance ($43,164), and Manufacturing ($42,201).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Indiana to other states, or from other states to Indiana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $69.1B

  2. $42.9B

  3. $39.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Indiana product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $69.1B, followed by Base metals ($42.9B) and Mixed freight ($39.9B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Indiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$446B

2015 Value

$698B

Projected 2045 Value

56.6% growth

In 2015, total outbound Indiana trade was $446B. This is expected to increase 56.6% to $698B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Indiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Indiana to other states, or from other states to Indiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.9B

  2. $32.7B

  3. $31.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Indiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $39.9B, followed by Michigan with $32.7B and Illinois and $31.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Indiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89.8% of the population of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN has health coverage, with 55.8% on employee plans, 11.1% on Medicaid, 9.23% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 1.11% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN was $8,300 in 2014. This is a 4.76% increase from the previous year ($7,923).

Primary care physicians in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN see 1505 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.07% increase from the previous year (1489 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1852 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 701 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jay County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.4%). Additionally, Grant County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,505 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Indiana see an average of 1,505 patients per year. This represents a 1.07% increase from the previous year (1,489 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Indiana in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,300

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,078

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,285

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,714

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Indiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.76%, from $7,923 to $8,300.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.2%

Uninsured

55.8%

Employer Coverage

11.1%

Medicaid

9.23%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

1.11%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN declined by 7.85% from 11% to 10.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.4% prevalence

  2. 15.1% prevalence

  3. 15% prevalence

Jay County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Indiana, at 15.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Indiana by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is home to a population of 215k people, from which 92.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.2% of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN residents were born outside of the country (21.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is composed of 170k White Alone residents (79.3%), 16.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.62%), 14.9k Asian Alone residents (6.93%), 8.86k Black or African American Alone residents (4.13%), 3.93k Two or More Races residents (1.83%), 289 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.135%), 176 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.082%), and 68 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0317%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

30

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN was 29.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 30. But people in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN residents was 29.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

21.8k people

9.86%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

20.9k people

As of 2017, 10.2% of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN residents (21.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN was 9.86%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    106,451 ± 7,946 people

  2. India

    28,953 ± 4,168 people

  3. China

    22,599 ± 3,684 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Indiana was Mexico, the natal country of 106,451 Indiana residents, followed by India with 28,953 and China with 22,599.

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Citizenship

92.1%

2017 Citizenship

92.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.1% of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN was 92.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    170k ± 136

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    16.4k ± 1.34k

  3. Asian Alone

    14.9k ± 297

In 2017, there were 10.4 times more White Alone residents (170k people) in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.4k Hispanic or Latino and 14.9k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,372 ± 326

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,820 ± 318

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,090 ± 227

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN awarded 10,888 degrees. The student population of Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is skewed towards men, with 24,108 male students and 17,768 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN are White (6,646 and 80.5%), followed by Asian (495 and 5.99%), Hispanic or Latino (415 and 5.02%), and Black or African American (323 and 3.91%).

The largest universities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN by number of degrees awarded are Purdue University-Main Campus (10,791 and 99.1%), Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing (52 and 0.478%), and Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Lafayette (45 and 0.413%).

The most popular majors in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN are General Business Administration & Management (1,302 and 12%), Mechanical Engineering (517 and 4.75%), and Electrical & Electronics Engineering (387 and 3.55%).

The median tuition costs in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $9,208 and $28,010 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN was General Business Administration & Management with 623 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 10,791 degrees awarded

  2. 52 degrees awarded

  3. 45 degrees awarded

$9,208

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Purdue University-Main Campus with 10,791 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,014

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,874

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 6,014 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN, which is 1.23 times more than the 4,874 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,646 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    495 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    415 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN were to White students. These 6,646 degrees mean that there were 13.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 495 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN was $138,400 in 2017, which is 0.636 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $133,000 to $138,400, a 4.06% increase. The homeownership rate in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is 57.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN have an average commute time of 18.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$50,795

Median Household Income

± $856

80k

Number of Households

± 1,909

In 2017, the median household income of the 80k households in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN grew to $50,795 from the previous year's value of $48,143.

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$138,400

2017 Median

± $2,692

$133,000

2016 Median

± $2,863

In 2017, the median property value in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN grew to to $138,400 from the previous year's value of $133,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

57.7%

2017 Homeownership

56.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.7% of the housing units in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

18.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN have a shorter commute time (18.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.13% of the workforce in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75%

  2. Carpooled

    10.7%

  3. Walked

    6.1%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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