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Lafayette is the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Central Indiana. It is located 2 hours Southeast of Chicago and 1 hour Northwest of Indianapolis. The Greater Lafayette metropolitan area consists of the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. The combined population is 97,000. Neighboring West Lafayette is home to Purdue University, a large, prestigious public university.

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  1. In May 1888, the town of Chauncey voted to change its name to West Lafayette after a petition signed by 152 electors.
  2. West Lafayette is the home of Purdue University's main campus, with an enrollment of over 40,000 students.
  3. Gen Fukunaga, a Japanese-American entrepreneur who is the founder and president of Funimation, a company that distributes anime in the United States and Canada, grew up in West Lafayette.

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