Lafayette and West Lafayette among best cities to live in Indiana

If you're living in West Lafayette or Lafayette then you're among two of the top ten cities to live in Indiana.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 11:32 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 6:56 AM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- If you're living in West Lafayette or Lafayette then you're among two of the top ten cities to live in Indiana.

Chamberofcommerce.org used data from the U.S Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control to make the rankings.

There were 52 ranked within Indiana. 

"I love living here now," said neighbor, Tomaj Stitts.

"People really are close here," said small business owner, Hanna Delong.

"It's a small community with large community amenities," said Greater Lafayette Commerce's Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development, Jody Hamtilon. 

Lafayette and West Lafayette combine for a population more than 120,000.

It certainly wasn't always this big.

Hamilton knows that from experience.

"Being in this community all my life, it's been interesting to see the transformation of this community," said Hamilton.

The transformation earned Lafayette and West Lafayette high honors.

Chamberofcommerce.org report shows that the best three cities to live in Indiana are Bloomington, Carmel and then Fishers.

Not far behind are West Lafayette in 6th and Lafayette in 10th.

The criteria included five things: Employment, housing, quality of life, education and health.

"There's so much to do," said Hamilton.

Whether your new to the area or born and raised in Greater Lafayette you'll find kiosks in downtown.

One side lists nightlife entertainment and annual events. The other side has a map that lists places to dine, places to shop and even where to find your favorite pieces of public art.

"I feel like there is a strong community for artistic people," said Stitts. "People do makeup, they do photography, there's a lot of musicians. A lot of people are every creative in this town."

Hannah Delong said she's proud to be working in Lafayette.

"Everything is so local here and everyone speaks to each other so by word of mouth," said Delong. "If you are trusted by one person, you are trusted by everyone.

Hamilton says one challenge always gets in the way.

"It's almost hard to get them here but once they are here they get it and they don't want to leave," said Hamilton. 

The study purposely highlighted cities that either improved livability or have upheld their existing high standards.

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