Information about Lafayette, Indiana
Home to just about 70,600 people, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates, Lafayette is the seat of Tippecanoe County in northwestern Indiana. The city is located about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis and over 100 miles southeast of Chicago, and it's known for its strong economy, skilled workforce, high quality of life, low crime rate and support of industrial and business development.
Lafayette hosts the 165-year-old Lafayette Farmers' Market, the oldest in the state. The market operates during the summer and early fall each Saturday and features a variety of local produce and farm products. Other attractions in the area include the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, the Lafayette Symphony and the Lafayette Ballet.
Lafayette has five schools, and nearby West Lafayette has one school. Purdue University, a well-known public university with highly ranked engineering programs, has its main campus in West Lafayette and one of its polytechnic campuses in Lafayette. Purdue is known for its large number of international students and for its aviation, aeronautics and astronautics programs. Nearly two dozen astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, earned degrees at Purdue. The school's undergraduate engineering program is ranked 9th best nationwide among doctoral-granting universities, according to 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking data, and the graduate engineering school also ranked 9th that same year. The undergraduate biological/agricultural engineering program is ranked 1st, and the astronautics and aeronautics program is ranked 6th.
Ivy Tech Community College has a campus in Lafayette. It offers numerous certificate and associate's degree programs statewide, including a variety of options at the Lafayette campus. The college also has instructional centers located in the Lafayette region.
Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing is a small school in the city that enrolls about 280 students. This 2-year school offers training to prepare students for the registered nurse exam; the program awards a Diploma-BSN. A cosmetology school is also available in Lafayette.
Economy and Employment
Lafayette is the site of a diverse manufacturing base, and Tippecanoe County is a regional hub for finance, education, agriculture, retail, health care and professional services. As of 2014, major employers in the area included Subaru of Indiana, Caterpillar, Oerlikon Fairfield Drive Systems and several healthcare facilities, schools and government agencies. Purdue University is a major employer, employing a local workforce of more than 15,600 faculty and staff.