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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lakewood is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (14.69%), sales jobs (11.46%), and healthcare (7.12%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Lakewood, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Lakewood use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Lakewood‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The citizens of Lakewood are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.32% of adults in Lakewood having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lakewood in 2010 was $25,607, 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 $102,428 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 16.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lakewood include Irish, English, Norwegian, and French .
Lakewood also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.90%.
The most common language spoken in Lakewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.