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.
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 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 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.
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.
Lakewood also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.66%.
The most common language spoken in Lakewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.