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, 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%).
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.
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 22.57% of adults in Lakewood having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.