Introduction to Lakewood, California

The city of Lakewood is a residential suburb located in Los Angeles County, California, and situated adjacent to Long Beach (11 miles to the southwest). It is also not far from the city of Anaheim (16 miles to the east) and downtown Los Angeles (about 24 miles to the northwest). Lakewood is predominantly owner-occupied, with the large majority of its housing comprised of single-family detached units. Approximately 150 acres of Lakewood's land mass is set aside for parks and other landscaped open space.

Lakewood History

Incorporated as a city in 1954, Lakewood grew rapidly during the 1950s, evolving into a well-developed city by 1960. Lakewood is considered a pioneer in the realm of city services, as it was the first city in the nation to contract for all of its municipal services after incorporating in 1954. Most of these services are provided by Los Angeles County, with some furnished by other public agencies and the rest by private industry. Several other Los Angeles suburbs have since adopted this model.

Other interesting facts about Lakewood: It is the home of the first Denny's Restaurant, which originated in 1953 as Danny's Donuts by founder Harold Butler and was renamed Denny's Restaurant in 1959. 

Lakewood Events and Attractions:

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is a festive time in Lakewood when one of its most successful and popular community events kicks off. The Lakewood Civic Center Block Party and Fireworks Extravaganza includes many activities for kids, food samples from several Lakewood area restaurants, community group exhibits, and a Beverage Garden. Guests are entertained by live music from late afternoon until the commencement of the evening fireworks show over the Lakewood Center Mall. Another popular family event in Lakewood is the Summer Concert music series at centrally located Del Valle Park. Commencing in June, the weekly concerts satisfy a variety of musical tastes, including country and western, rock and roll, hits of the 60s & 70s, big band and more.

The Pan American Festival is a three-day event held at Mayfair Park every May. Started in 1945, the Festival has evolved over the years to a multi-faceted event which includes the El Comienzo Luncheon, a school poster contest, a Flags Exchange Ceremony, a poetry contest and more. Yet another longtime Lakewood tradition is the annual Fiesta, which features arts & crafts, displays, food samplings, amusement rides and entertainment. Over 100 community organizations are represented.

Lakewood's ideal geographic location puts it within driving distance of a wide selection of major attractions in both the Orange County and Los Angeles areas. Just a few of these include:

  • Disneyland (Anaheim).
  • Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park).
  • Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum (Buena Park).
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia).
  • Universal Studios (Hollywood).
  • The Santa Ana Zoo.
  • The Los Angeles Zoo.

A similar variety of professional sports teams can be found in these same nearby areas:

  • Pro basketball:
    • L.A. Lakers (NBA).
    • L.A. Clippers (NBA).
    • L.A. Sparks (WNBA).
  • Major League Baseball:
    • L.A. Dodgers (National League).
    • L.A. Angels of Anaheim (American League).
  • Pro football:
    • L.A. Avengers (AFL).
  • Pro soccer:
    • L.A. Galaxy (MLS).
  • Major league lacrosse:
    • L.A. Riptide (MLL).
  • Pro hockey:
    • L.A. Kings (NHL).
    • Anaheim Mighty Ducks (NHL).


Total Population 81,173
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 38,551
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 48.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.8%
Median Earnings25+ $45,794
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,533
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,160


Median Family Income $87,157
% Above Poverty Level 92.1%
% Below Poverty Level 7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 19.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,513
Median House Value $424,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 62.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.9%
Irish 6.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lakewood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles NE of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90712, 90713, 90715, 90716, 90805
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90711, 90714
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.853
Longitude -118.133

Lakewood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 68 F
Apr Temp 53 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lakewood, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Long Beach (90805)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Artesia 16,785 $62,517
Bellflower 77,756 $53,081
Cerritos 49,701 $99,915
Hawaiian Gardens 14,475 $37,485
Paramount 55,023 $47,146
Signal Hill 11,332 $59,028

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lakewood Hospitals

(562) 602-6751
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 4,306 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.2

Serves 3,502 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.2

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A Magnet School.
Serves 1,802 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 380 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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