Lakewood is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 156,798 people and 41 constituent neighborhoods, Lakewood is the fifth largest community in Colorado.
Housing costs in Lakewood are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Colorado.
Lakewood is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Lakewood is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lakewood who work in office and administrative support (12.64%), management occupations (11.07%), and sales jobs (10.78%).
Also of interest is that Lakewood has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing that you will notice about Lakewood is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Lakewood a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Lakewood is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Lakewood, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The citizens of Lakewood are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.12% of adults in Lakewood have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lakewood in 2010 was $36,835, which is upper middle income relative to Colorado, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $147,340 for a family of four. However, Lakewood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lakewood is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lakewood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lakewood residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Lakewood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.11% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lakewood include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Lakewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.