West Lafayette (Indiana)

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Coordinates 40°26′31″N 86°54′45″W
Country United States
State Indiana
County Tippecanoe
Township Wabash
Incorporated 1888
Elevation 614 ft (187 m)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
ZIP Code 47906
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-82862
GNIS feature ID 445775
Website www.westlafayette.in.gov
Government (Mayor) John Dennis (R)
Government (City) 13.82 sq mi (35.80 km2)
Government (Land) 13.59 sq mi (35.20 km2)
Government (Water) 0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)
Government (Metro) 904.6 sq mi (2,343 km2)
Area (City) 13.82 sq mi (35.80 km2)
Area (Land) 13.59 sq mi (35.20 km2)
Area (Water) 0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)
Area (Metro) 904.6 sq mi (2,343 km2)
Population (2020) (City) 44,595
Population (2020) (Density) 3,281.46/sq mi (1,266.93/km2)
Population (2020) (Metro) 182,821

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West Lafayette (/ˌlɑːfiːˈɛt, ˌlæf-/) is a city in Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the state capital of Indianapolis and 113 miles (182 km) southeast of Chicago. West Lafayette is directly across the Wabash River from its sister city, Lafayette. As of the 2020 census, its population was 44,595. It is the most densely populated city in Indiana and is home to Purdue University. Augustus Wylie laid out a town in 1836 in the Wabash River floodplain south of the present Levee. Due to regular flooding of the site, Wylie's town was never built. The present city was formed in 1888 by the merger of the adjacent suburban towns of Chauncey, Oakwood, and Kingston, located on a bluff across the Wabash River from Lafayette, Indiana. The three towns had been small suburban villages which were directly adjacent to one another. Kingston was laid out in 1855 by Jesse B. Lutz. Chauncey was platted in 1860 by the Chauncey family of Philadelphia, wealthy land speculators. Chauncey and Kingston formed a municipal government in 1866 which selected the name "Chauncey".

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