As the county seat of Tippecanoe, the city of Lafayette has population of roughly 67,140 residents. It is located 101 kms northwest from Indianapolis and 169 kms southeast of the city of Chicago.
Purdue University is located across Wabash River on West Lafayette and serves both cities in terms of education and employment. Aside from Purdue, the Ivy Tech Community College and Harrison College provide additional educational opportunities for the county's population.
Lafayette has a low percentage of unemployment which hovers around 4.1%. Among the top employers in the region of Lafayette are Wabash National Corporation, Subaru of Indiana, and Greater Lafayette Health Services. Other top employers are Caterpillar Inc., Lilly Tippecanoe Labs, Arnett Clinic, and the Tippecanoe School Corporation.
Cost of living in this area is at 82.3, which is below the median scale of 100 in the United States. This means, life is less expensive here as compared to other metropolitan cities in the country. The low cost of housing is the main factor that brings the standard way of life lesser than other cities.
The region's industries include healthcare and social assistance, retail and professional services, scientific and technical services. By far, the highest paying career can be found in the legal industry. With a great number of excellent attorneys and legal support staff, there is no shortage of legal guidance when you need it most.
Several parks color the landscape in lush Lafayette, where many visitors and locals alike enjoy the scenery. Attractions such as the 2.2 acre Hanna Park for young children, the one–acre Arlington Park, and Happy Hollow Park Playground for all to enjoy. Armstrong Park, which was named after Astronaut Neil Armstrong, offers a wealth of beauty for lovers of simple pleasures.
Going the extra mile to look for other parks or gardens that suit every individual's preference is easy. There seems to be something for everybody in Lafayette. The Purdue Mall, Columbian Park Zoo, a water park, and a hands–on farm that allows young children to interact with various animals. Another great place for biking, hiking, or an afternoon of leisure can easily be found at the Prophetstown State Park.
Tippecanoe and Wabash rivers are excellent places to go when looking for water activities. Canoeing, fishing, and kayaking are only a few of the many water adventures to enjoy in these waters. Millennials may choose rock climbing or camping in different campgrounds around Lafayette to get in touch with their senses and the great outdoors.
Come fall, the first week of the month of October is the weekend celebration of the Feast of the Hunter's Moon celebrated at what used to be Fort Ouiatenon's site. Additionally, there are several week–long festivals that are scheduled throughout the year in Lafayette. The city certainly knows how to throw a party, and events such as Beers Across the Wabash, Outfest, and a Taste of Tippancoe will not disappoint.