Business and lifestyle media across the country continue to recognize Greater Lafayette for its impressive new-business potential and quality of life.

Forbes Magazine

  • 2009: Names West Lafayette the 6th Most Educated Small Town (populations 20–65K) in the U.S., based on the number of post-secondary degrees held by those over age 25.
  • 2008: Ranks Greater Lafayette 16th among the nation’s Best Small Places for Business and Careers, based on cost of doing business, job growth and educational attainment—up from 24th in 2007 and 40th in 2006.

Expansion Magazine

  • 2008: Ranks Greater Lafayette 6th among America’s Top Small Metros for Recruitment and Attraction.
  • 2008: Recognizes Greater Lafayette among only 71 other metro areas nationwide as earning a “Five-Star Quality-of-Life Quotient.”

America in Bloom

  • 2008: Recognizes West Lafayette as the #1 “America in Bloom” city in the U.S. (populations 25–50K).
  • 2008: Among all cities, honors Lafayette with the Historic Preservation Award and West Lafayette with the Environmental Awareness Award.

U.S. News & World Report

  • 2008: Names West Lafayette one of the Top 10 “Brainiest Places to Retire.”

Frommer’s Cities Ranked & Rated

  • 2008: Ranks Greater Lafayette 25th out of 400 metro areas based on: economy and jobs; cost of living; climate; education; health and healthcare; crime rate; transportation; leisure; arts and culture; and overall quality of life.

  • 2008: Identifies Greater Lafayette as #1 in the top 20 metro areas ranked for their number of jobs available per 100,000 residents.

America’s Promise Alliance

  • 2008: Names Greater Lafayette’s Tippecanoe County one of the “Best Communities for Young People.”

The Scientist, Magazine of the Life Sciences

  • 2007: Ranks Purdue University 4th in Best Places to Work in Academia.

Country Home Magazine

  • 2008 Ranks Greater Lafayette 35th out of 379 of America¹s Best Green Cities (and 1st in Indiana), based on air and watershed quality, miles of mass transit, green power, farmers markets and more.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

  • 2007: Names Greater Lafayette Tree City USA.