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The City of West Lafayette has been the recipient of many outstanding Awards and Recognitions over the years.
 
2011
West Lafayette's Wastewater Utility won the 2011 Safety Excellence Award from the Indiana Water Environment Association, based on its high-scoring audit.
 
West Lafayette's Wastewater Utility won the 2011 Laboratory Excellence Award from the Indiana Water Environment Association, based on its high-scoring audit.
 
West Lafayette's Wastewater Utility continues to be an EPA Green Power Partner as onsite electricity production goals are met (designation received in 2009).
 
2010
West Lafayette's Wastewater Utility won the 2010 Laboratory Excellence Award from the Indiana Water Environment Association, based on its high-scoring audit.
 
West Lafayette was designated a CLEAN Community by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
 
West Lafayette's Wastewater Utility continues to be an EPA Green Power Partner as onsite electricity production goals are met (designation received in 2009).
 
2009

West Lafayette's Wastewater Utility was Indiana's first wastewater plant to be designated an EPA Green Power Partner.
 
Forbes names West Lafayette the Sixth Most Educated Small Town (populations 20,000-65,000) in the U.S., based on the number of post-secondary degrees held by those over age 25; January 2009.

Street Commissioner David Downey has earned certification as a Master Road Builder through the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Road Scholar program.  He is among the first three in the state to achieve this top level.

Development Director, Chandler Poole, has been appointed as a volunteer officer with the International Council of Shopping Centers, a major trade association for the shopping center Industry.  He will serve as a co-chairman for the council's state alliance.
2008

America in Bloom 2008: West Lafayette named top city in the U.S. for 25,001 to 50,000 population category and overall Environmental Awareness Award
 
Seventeenth Tree City USA designation
 
U.S. News & World Report named West Lafayette one of the Top 10 "Brainiest Places to Retire"
 
Forbes, Sixteenth Best Small Places for Business and Careers
 
Coalition for Living Well after 50 presents the Leadership Award to Morton Community Center
 
 
West Lafayette's Wastewater Utility won the 2008 Safety Excellence Award from the Indiana Water Environment Association, based on its high-scoring audit.
 

SmartMoney magazine (December 2008) ranks a Purdue University education Ninth in the nation in long-term value of a college education.

Country Home magazine thirty-fifth out of 379 cities in U.S. Best Green Cities ranking for air and watershed quality, miles of mass transit, green power, farmers markets and more. Ranked First in Indiana.
 
Purdue University ranked twenty-sixth among the nation's public universities, and its undergraduate programs in engineering and business placed among the best in the country, according to U.S.News & World Report magazine rankings released August 22, 2008. Purdue also is among 14 public and private universities cited for its internship programs in the "Programs to Look For" category. Purdue's College of Engineering tied for ninth nationally among doctoral-granting public universities, sharing the spot with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The Krannert School of Management shared the seventeenth position with the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University and the University of Maryland-College Park among doctoral-granting universities.
 

Purdue University is ranked in the Princeton Review's list of 100 "best value" colleges for 2009, released Jan. 8, 2008. The education services and test-prep company says the rankings are an attempt to highlight "schools that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable price - either by keeping sticker prices in line, or by offsetting high costs with great financial packages."

 

 

Harrison High School is ranked among the state's top public high schools by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce when it came to providing a quality education for the dollars spent per pupil earning "best buy" designation.

Harrison High School senior, Christopher Stewart is one of only four Indiana students who took the ACT exam in September 2008 to achieve a top composite score of 36. Furthermore, Christopher is one of only 52 in the nation, out of approximately 250,000 who tested on that ACT national test date to be perfect.

 

Tippecanoe School Corporation school board recognized as an "Outstanding Board" by Indiana School Boards Association.

 


 
 
 
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Many West Lafayette homes and businesses are surrounded by beautiful gardens and the City is pleased to recognize one garden each month with the West Lafayette Beautification Award. The recipient is given a certificate at the beginning of the city council meeting and a sign is placed in their landscape for the month that reads, "Great Garden!" The beautification committee welcomes nominations and strives to recognize individual effort in areas that can be enjoyed by passers-by.
 
The goal of the award, which is chosen by a committee, is to recognize individuals, merchants, groups and events that beautify the city. Nominations can be made by contacting Beverly Shaw, at 775-5160 or e-mail at bshaw@wl.in.gov
 

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West Lafayette is home to many great ...
 
Restaurants - location and contact information for various local restaurants.

Transportation Services - information on buses, taxi services, trains, and airports.                                                               
 
 
WLFI - TV18, News From Where You Live

 
Knowledge-based Economy
West Lafayette and Purdue University have collaboratively built an innovative, knowledge-based local economy that is evolving and expanding. The 650-acre Purdue Research Park, established in 1961, is home to more than 100 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.
 
West Lafayette's vibrant economy also is also a result of citizen-driven strategic planning and visionary partnerships with local stakeholders to expand, recruit and attract business and grow jobs. Visit the Economic Development page to learn more about doing business in West Lafayette.
West Lafayette students attend one of two top Indiana public school systems.  Students benefit from small classes and extensive curricula and programming.  High schools offer numerous advance placement classes, many secondary students take Purdue courses, and students regularly exceed state testing averages.
 
West Lafayette Community School Corporation is known for high achievement.  In 2009, Happy Hollow Elementary and West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School earned Four Star ratings, Indiana's top recognition.  More than half of its graduates earn honors diplomas; nearly 95 percent attend college.
 
Tippecanoe School Corporation also earns high marks, with Burnett Creek Elementary School and Klondike Middle School earning Four Star ratings in 2009.  Some 65 percent of TSC teachers hold a master's degree or higher.  Harrison High School was ranked by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as one of the state's "best buys".
 
Purdue University
 
West Lafayette is also home to Purdue University.  With more than 40,000 students attending, Purdue offers world-class programs in engineering, agriculture, business, science, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, education, liberal arts and more.  The university awards some 6,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate degrees annually.  Purdue employs about 14,000, offering residents a range of employment opportunities.  Purdue University also offers a wide range of on-line courses at online.purdue.edu.
  21st Century Scholars
The Twenty-First Century Scholars Program is a state- and federally-funded scholarship program that offers four years of college tuition to eligible students, allowing for more families to access higher education for their children. Students can enroll in the Twenty-first Century Scholars in grades 6, 7, and 8.  June 30 following the eighth grade year is the deadline for enrollment.
 
 
Lots of exciting opportunities for Recreation and Leisure are available throughout the Community...
West Lafayette has an outstanding municipal park system with hundreds of acres of parkland, plus an outdoor riverfront ice skating center, historic community center, nature center, swimming pool and a nationally-recognized trails network. There are also picnic shelters, a boat ramp, soccer and softball fields as well as volleyball and basketball courts.

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West Lafayette's 18 miles of paved trails will take you from one end of the city to the other.  The system includes the Northwest Greenway, Cattail and Wabash Heritage trails -- all designated National Recreation Trails. The Trolley Line Trail is a scenic, peaceful one-mile excursion into a former streetcar corridor.

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Riverside Skating Center is open during winter months for ice skating and available year-round for rent.The community is proud of its symphony orchestra, civic theater, Bach Chorale and art and historical museums. Purdue University boasts Elliott Hall of Music that seats over 6,000, as well as two smaller venues for concerts, musical events, festivals and lectures of international quality.
 
The International Center, located on Purdue's Campus, provides a unique opportunity to enhance cross-cultural knowledge and understanding. Offerings include language classes, social gatherings, road trips, and the Tuesday Supper Series.  The Bharatiya Temple & Cultural Center on Montgomery Street was created to establish a center for the community to promote social interactions through sharing of knowledge, culture, and talents.  Several Libraries are available in and around the West Lafayette area and many exciting Community Festivals & Activities are offered throughout the year.  Our Community is home to a variety of faith-based organizations.
 
Welcome to West Lafayette!  Our community provides an endless supply of enriching activities.  In addition to the resources found within our website please visit the Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette! and the Downtown Business Center's websites for more great activities.
 
Our Lodging page provides information on campgrounds and hotels/motels in the area.  West Lafayette features a diverse collection of Restaurants to satisfy any appetite. 
 

 

A Safe City
West Lafayette enjoys an exceptionally low crime rate for a city its size and has well-equipped and staffed police and fire departments.

Welcome Packets
A packet of helpful information is available to new residents and can be picked up in the Mayor's Office at Morton Community Center (222 N. Chauncey Ave.) in West Lafayette between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Renting in West Lafayette


Starting Residential Utilities
 
Beautiful Neighborhoods
In West Lafayette, you'll find high quality, moderately priced housing and friendly neighborhoods in subdivisions such as Amberleigh Village, Arbor Chase, Avondale, Barbarry Heights, Blackbird Farms, Happy Hollow, Hills and Dales, Lauren Lakes, New Chauncey, Northwestern Heights, Plaza Park, Prophet's Ridge, University Farm, Villas at Stonebridge, and Wabash Shores and Westport.

If you are new to Purdue University and the City of West Lafayette, welcome! In addition to being a student at Purdue, you are an important member of our community. West Lafayette is a great place to live, whether you are here for four or more years or settling here long-term. From our diverse housing options and beautiful neighborhoods, to our top-ranked school system, to our quality of life amenities and vibrant economy, West Lafayette is a special place. We hope you will take the time to explore the community.

Below you will find some helpful online resources that we hope will help familiarize you with the city and make your experience here as enjoyable as possible.
  1. Renting in West Lafayette - information about apartment hunting, moving in and out, inspections, overcrowded housing, city ordinances, fair housing, landlord - tenant laws, and more.
  2. Parking Permit Applications - must be submitted to the West Lafayette Police Department at 711 West Navajo Street.  You must also pay a $10 fee and supply your vehicle registration, driver's license, and lease agreement.
  3. 24 hour On Line Ticket Payment Service - no one likes getting a parking ticket, but if you do get one you can always pay it online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  4. Recycling Information
  5. Neighborhood Associations in West Lafayette
  6. West Lafayette-Purdue Community Partnership Team - meet throughout the year to discuss areas of common interest.  The teams also organize a Meet and Greet event for new students in neighborhoods near campus.
  7. Community Development Block Grant Program - viable urban communities providing safe, decent, and affordable housing.
 
Transportation
West Lafayette is only an hour from Indianapolis International Airport. Amtrak provides railroad service to Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Chicago, and the award-winning CityBus operates in West Lafayette and throughout the community.
 
Services
West Lafayette offers a range of government services: curbside recycling, a 24 hour recycling center and a conveniently located license branch and post office. West Lafayette also has a well-stocked public library with more than 100,000 books for all ages.

Population -- West Lafayette is home to 42,010 permanent residents. More than 54 nationalities live in the city, creating a rich cosmopolitan flavor that offers cultural events and opportunities found in cities twice our size.

Location -- Proud to be home to Purdue University, West Lafayette is located in north-central Indiana - just an hour from Indianapolis to the southeast, 2 hours from Chicago to the northwest and 90 minutes from Bloomington, home of Indiana University. About 65 percent of the country is within a day's drive. Our longitude is 86° 52' W, latitude is 40° 21', and elevation is 699 ft.

Time -- West Lafayette is on Eastern Daylight Time.

Climate -- West Lafayette enjoys four beautiful, diverse seasons -- snowy winters; vibrant springs; warm, bright summers; and colorful falls. The area's mean temperature is about 50 degrees F.

Giving back to your Community through volunteering is a rewarding experience.
 
Greater Lafayette Volunteer Bureau  is a program of the United Way of Greater Lafayette whose purpose is to connect volunteers with volunteer opportunities. They have opportunities for Individuals and Groups, as well as for Adults and Youth. Volunteers are an important part of how the United Way meets our community's needs.
 
Get involved in the Go Greener Commission -- it's a great way to help advance the City toward becoming a greener community.
 
Partner with the Parks and Recreation Department's Adopt-A-Spot program where Sponsors adopt and maintain a site within the Community.
 
Programs such as The President's United We Serve initiative or CitizensCorp are working to make volunteerism and community service part of the daily lives of all Americans.  You can be a part of helping build a new foundation for a strong America, one community at a time -- beginning right here in West Lafayette!

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Our City's Emergency Personnel are here to help you and your family, friends, or neighbors.  You can reach us below -
 
 

Remember to always call 9 1 1 in the case of an Emergency.

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The West Lafayette Public Arts Team (PAT) is responsible for managing the affairs of West Lafayette's public art program.  Members are elected by the current membership and new members are approved by the Mayor.  Members include art advocates, art professionals, artists and dedicated citizens.  The PAT strives for diversity in its membership.

If you would like to be included on our e-mail distribution list to receive requests for proposals, please send your contact details to bshaw@wl.in.gov.

Tiny Places Treasure Hunt

 

Click on the pictures below for more details on completed projects.

Bears Artwork
Bears Afoot! - Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Before I Die 1
Before I Die - Artist Candy Chang

Commune Artwork
Commune - Artists Quincy Owens & Luke Crawley

Delight 1
Delight of Accomplishment - Artist Tom Torluemke

Inside Out Artwork
Inside Out -
Purdue Art & Design's Senior Photography Class and the art teams of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

Letting People In Artwork
Letting People In - Artist Alexandria Monik

Tiny Places Artwork
Tiny Places - Artist Aaron Bumgarner

Play me 7
Play Me, I'm Yours

point of departure 5
Point of Departure - Artist Ben Sutter

Fishtail Dance Sculpture
Fishtail

Seagulls
Seagulls

Harmony sculpture
Harmony

Who's Watching Who Sculpure
Who's Watching Who

Iron Sharpens Iron Sculpture
Iron Sharpens Iron

Mythic Wabash 1
Mythic Wabash


Send

Send - Artist Craig Martin

 

Travelogue

Travelogue

Send

"Send" was installed by local artist Craig Martin in 2015. The mural is on the east side of the West Lafayette Post Office at 610 W. Navajo St. With large splashes of brilliant colors, the mural enlivens a very public space in West Lafayette, which stands over one of its busiest intersections. The image provides a unique calling card for the city and a captivating backdrop for post office activities. 

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