Lakewood, WA
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Lakewood is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 59,829 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Lakewood is the 17th largest community in Washington.

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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lakewood who work in office and administrative support (13.54%), sales jobs (11.55%), and management occupations (6.78%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Lakewood. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

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 education level of Lakewood citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.81% of adults 25 and older in Lakewood have a college degree.

The per capita income in Lakewood in 2010 was $25,387, which is middle income relative to Washington, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,548 for a family of four. However, Lakewood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lakewood is an extremely 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. Lakewood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.54% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lakewood include Irish, English, Norwegian, and French .

In addition, Lakewood has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.10%).

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