Lakewood is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 61,037 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Lakewood is the 17th largest community in Washington.
Unlike some cities, Lakewood isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lakewood are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lakewood is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lakewood who work in office and administrative support (11.44%), sales jobs (8.66%), and healthcare (7.30%).
Lakewood is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Lakewood, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
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 population of Lakewood overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Lakewood, 22.57% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lakewood in 2018 was $29,467, 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 $117,868 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 16.94% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lakewood include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Lakewood's cultural character, accounting for 15.66% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Lakewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.