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Overview

Introduction to Lakewood, Colorado

The Colorado city of Lakewood is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 7 miles west of the state capital of Denver. Located in Jefferson County, Lakewood is surrounded by several major thoroughfares, including Interstates I-25 and I-70, Colorado State Highways 26 and 470, and U.S. Routes 6 and 285. The main campuses of Colorado Christian University and Red Rock Community College are located in Lakewood.

Lakewood was first settled in the late 19th century and established itself early on as a summer resort district for wealthy Denver residents. In 1893, an electric tramway network (known as "the Loop") was established, connecting Lakewood with Golden and Denver. The community continued to grow and in 1914 Colorado Christian University was founded in the city. In 1941 the Federal Government awarded what was then the largest contract in Colorado to the Remington Arms Company ammunition factory, which took root in Lakewood. The city became incorporated in 1969 after its population had exceeded 90,000, making the city one of the largest in the nation at the time of its original incorporation.

Lakewood Arts and Entertainment

Lakewood history comes to life at the Lakewood Heritage Center. Located in beautiful Belmar Park, the museum boasts close to a dozen historic structures, thousands of preserved artifacts, a festival area and an outdoor amphitheater. The Center offers tours, programs, and "A Day in the Country School" where a costumed teacher will re-create a classroom experience for students based on the 1920's curriculum used in the Denver Area. The Heritage Center also serves as the host site of the annual Cider Days Harvest Festival, which has been a Lakewood institution for more than 30 years. The Lakewood Cultural Center is a 38,000 square foot facility which offers performances and exhibits by nationally & internationally recognized artists as well as community presentations and exhibits featuring work by local artists. The Washington Heights Arts Center is an early 20th century renovated schoolhouse which hosts a variety of cultural art and dance classes for all ages.

Recreation in Lakewood is abundant and multi-faceted. In winter, the Rockies offer skiing in a variety of challenging forms. In summer, the mountains provide a breathtaking venue for fishing, backpacking, camping, and hiking. The William Frederick Hayden Green Mountain Park covers approximately 2400 acres of open space and offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities in an urban setting. Bear Creek Lake Park is home to a large array of wildlife and includes three lakes and 15 miles of dirt trails for biking and hiking. Other places of interest near Lakewood include the Colorado Railroad Museum, Lakeside Amusement Park, Buffalo Bill's Gravesite/Museum, Boettcher Mansion, and Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Ten minutes from Lakewood is the city of Denver, home to a number of major league professional sports teams. Denver baseball fans can root for MLB's Colorado Rockies, while football fans can cheer on the NFL's Denver Broncos. NBA basketball action features the Denver Nuggets and fans of NHL hockey can follow the Colorado Avalanche. Fans of soccer and lacrosse have teams in the city also. Denver is home to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer (MLS) and also to the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League (NLL).

People

Total Population 147,836
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 76,926
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.5%
Median Earnings25+ $39,673
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,823
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,916

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,510
% Above Poverty Level 88.1%
% Below Poverty Level 11.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 4.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $1,000
Median House Value $254,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.4%
Irish 13.4%

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

Lakewood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles SW of Denver, Colorado
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 80033, 80123, 80214, 80215, 80226, 80227, 80228, 80232, 80235, 80236, 80401
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80225
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.704
Longitude -105.08

Lakewood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LAKEWOOD
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 44 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 32 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17 inches
Station EVERGREEN
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 44 F
Apr Temp 25 to 56 F
Jul Temp 47 to 81 F
Oct Temp 27 to 62 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches
Station CHERRY CREEK DAM
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 45 F
Apr Temp 31 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 90 F
Oct Temp 34 to 68 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Denver Federal Center (80225)

Fort Logan (80236)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bow Mar 1,045 $175,536
Denver 649,654 $69,783
Edgewater 5,237 $58,292
Englewood 31,877 $55,444
Sheridan 5,912 $40,256
Wheat Ridge 30,863 $61,725

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

Lakewood Public Libraries

Library
Jefferson County Public Library
10200 W 20TH AVE
Lakewood, Colorado
(303) 232-7114
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Lakewood High Schools

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BEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
3490 SOUTH KIPLING STREET
303-982-8855
Serves 1,895 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

LAKEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
9700 WEST 8TH AVENUE
303-982-7096
Serves 1,622 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

GREEN MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL
13175 W GREEN MOUNTAIN DRIVE
303-982-9500
Serves 1,617 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

ALAMEDA HIGH SCHOOL
1255 SOUTH WADSWORTH BLVD
303-982-8160
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,062 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

MC LAIN HIGH SCHOOL
13600 WEST 2ND PLACE
303-982-7460
A Non-traditional School
Serves 433 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

MC LAIN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
13600 WEST 2ND PLACE
303-982-7460
A Non-traditional School
Serves 305 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

JEFFERSON COUNTY OPEN HIGH SCHOOL
7655 WEST 10TH AVENUE
303-982-7045
Serves 252 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY LEARNING CHARTER SCHOOL
7700 WEST WOODARD DRIVE
303-985-7092
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 217 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

MILLER SPECIAL EDUCATION
200 KIPLING STREET
303-982-7200
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

WARREN OCCUPATION TECHNICAL CENTER
13300 WEST 2ND PLACE
303-982-8600
A Vocational School
Serves 92 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.1

LONGVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
13301 WEST 2ND PLACE
303-982-8585
A Non-traditional School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

ROCKY MOUNTAIN DEAF SCHOOL
430 S KIPLING STREET
303-202-6459
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.2

LIGHTHOUSE PROGRAM
1005 WADSWORTH BOULEVARD
303-232-4448
A Non-traditional School

MEADOWLARK COTTAGE DAY PROGRAM
110 SOUTH CODY STREET
303-232-4448
A Special Education School

SOBESKY ACADEMY DAY TREATMENT
2001 HOYT STREET
303-982-5995
A Special Education School

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