I’ve lived in many states and a couple other countries, and Lafayette, Indiana is a wonderful place to live for many reasons…. For example, the people are mostly kind and decent, variety is constantly expanding, crime is minimal, property values and taxes are low and schools and libraries are excellent. The town combines a historic downtown, urban area with a college town (mainly West Lafayette, home of HUGE Purdue U but there are several kinds of colleges in town), suburbs and malls on the outskirts (besides the main indoor mall there are three super Walmarts and a Super Target and a Meijers and many dozens of strip malls) surrounded by farms.
The town is brimming with science and engineering and trades people, so one area that is lacking a bit is non-conventional arts and creativity, but this has been improving. Lots of townies are into “crafts” and folk music, bluegrass, etc. as well as rock, country and top 40. Many people who grow up here never move away.
For things peculiar to Lafayette, try the spring “Bug Fest” at Purdue (everything you wanted to know and see and touch related to insects) and the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon with its reenactment of a battle between Indians and local settlers. Taste of Tippecanoe, Civic Theater and various museums and bands that play all over town (free concerts during the summer in Riehle Plaza, downtown) add to the fun. Purdue also draws many famous speakers and performers such as Garrison Kiellor, Spike Lee and political figures. Overall, Lafayette has a lot to offer in flair, interesting things to do, intelligence and friendliness.over 4 years ago