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 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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lakewood who work in office and administrative support (10.90%), sales jobs (9.33%), and healthcare (7.57%).
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.
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, 21.67% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lakewood in 2018 was $28,115, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $112,460 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 16.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lakewood include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
Lakewood also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.85%.
The most common language spoken in Lakewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.