West Lafayette, Indiana Population 2024

45,066

West Lafayette is a city located in Tippecanoe County Indiana. West Lafayette has a 2024 population of 45,066. West Lafayette is currently growing at a rate of 0.01% annually and its population has increased by 0.73% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 44,741 in 2020.

The average household income in West Lafayette is $63,804 with a poverty rate of 39.18%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in West Lafayette is 21.4 years, 21.3 years for males, and 21.5 years for females.

West Lafayette Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of West Lafayette was:

  • White: 68.68%
  • Asian: 21.1%
  • Two or more races: 4.64%
  • Black or African American: 3.83%
  • Other race: 1.5%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
State
Indiana
Land Area (mi²)
13.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
3,317.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.73% (325)
The current population of West Lafayette, Indiana is 45,066 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 44,741.

West Lafayette, Indiana Population 2024

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West Lafayette Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White30,81168.68%
Asian9,46521.1%
Two or more races2,0834.64%
Black or African American1,7163.83%
Other race6721.5%
Native American1000.22%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander140.03%
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White

Asian

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

West Lafayette Population by Race

West Lafayette Population Pyramid 2024

West Lafayette Median Age

21.4

Total

21.3

Male

21.5

Female

West Lafayette Adults

There are 41,099 adults, (3,186 of whom are seniors) in West Lafayette.

West Lafayette Age Dependency

18.3

Age Dependency Ratio

8.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

9.9

Child Dependency Ratio

West Lafayette Sex Ratio

Female20,02444.64%
Male24,83755.36%

West Lafayette Population by Age

West Lafayette Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All14,0972.1629.570.5
Non Family9,6271.7511.188.9
Married3,7733.174.625.4
Female4602.4638.761.3
Male2373.1539.260.8
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2.97

Average Family Size

2.16

Average Household Size

29.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

West Lafayette Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

West Lafayette Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Lafayette Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 99.8%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 94.85%.

West Lafayette Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$46,364

Average Earnings

$55,031

Average Male

$35,323

Average Female

West Lafayette Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Lafayette Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

West Lafayette Language

74.9% of West Lafayette residents speak only English, while 25.1% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 12.09% of the population.

West Lafayette Language

West Lafayette Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White20,7428,10339.07%
Asian6,3002,49939.67%
Hispanic1,24048439.03%
Black1,14241436.25%
Multiple1,29837128.58%
Other57234860.84%
Native934245.16%
Islander77100%
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39.18%

Overall Poverty Rate

42.39%

Male Poverty Rate

35.11%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Lafayette

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Lafayette is Islander, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Lafayette is Multiple, with 28.58% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.52%. Among those working part-time, it was 56.23%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 53.85%.

West Lafayette Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade40.94%
High School21.54%
Some College15.31%
Bachelors or Greater10.11%
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West Lafayette Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed78.87%
Female Unemployed35.67%
Female Employed33.84%
Male Employed27.44%
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West Lafayette Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Lafayette Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

West Lafayette Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

20.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

18.3%

Male Marriage Rate

22.6%

Female Marriage Rate

West Lafayette Married by Age and Sex

male

female

West Lafayette Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

West Lafayette Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

West Lafayette Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

746

Number of Veterans

713

Male Veterans

33

Female Veterans

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West Lafayette Veterans by War

count

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West Lafayette Veterans by Age

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West Lafayette Veterans by Race

West Lafayette Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

9.61%

Veteran Poverty Rate

58.22%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Lafayette Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

49.3%

Labor Force Participation

47.6%

Employment Rate

3.3%

Unemployment Rate

West Lafayette Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

West Lafayette Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

West Lafayette Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

39%

Born in West Lafayette

77.5%

Native Born

22.5%

Foreign Born

15.43%

Non Citizen

7.07%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.5% of West Lafayette residents were born in the United States, with 39% having been born in Indiana. 15.43% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

West Lafayette Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202945,08130.01%
202845,07830.01%
202745,07530.01%
202645,07230.01%
202545,06930.01%
202445,06630.01%
202345,06330.01%
202245,06030.01%
202145,0573160.71%
202044,741-6,095-11.99%
201950,8361,8393.75%
201848,9971,4663.08%
201747,531-6-0.01%
201647,5371,3362.89%
201546,2011,2032.67%
201444,9981,3143.01%
201343,6844451.03%
201243,2397071.66%
201142,5324771.13%
201042,05513,27746.14%
200028,7782,87111.08%
199025,9074,66021.93%
198021,2472,09010.91%
197019,1576,47751.08%
196012,6808076.8%
195011,8735,60389.36%
19406,2701,17523.06%
19305,0951,26533.03%
19203,830-37-0.96%
19103,8672,667222.25%
19001,200
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West Lafayette Population by Year