Lakewood, OH
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Lakewood is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 50,279 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Lakewood is the 15th largest community in Ohio. Much of the housing stock in Lakewood was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Lakewood is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 management occupations (11.85%), office and administrative support (11.76%), and sales jobs (11.40%).

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Lakewood is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Lakewood area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Lakewood ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Lakewood, 43.65% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Lakewood in 2010 was $31,122, which is wealthy relative to Ohio, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $124,488 for a family of four. However, Lakewood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lakewood is a somewhat 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lakewood include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Lakewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Other Indo-European and Spanish.