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Overview

Introduction to Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood, Washington, in Pierce county, is 31 miles S of Seattle, Washington. Lakewood was established in 1998. The landscape includes prairie, wooded areas, numerous lakes and creeks. Puget Sound is nearby. McCord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis are in the vicinity. Fort Lewis is one of the major employers in the county.

Lakewood History

The Steilacoom and Nisqually Indians were the original inhabitants. The Hudson Bay Company was established by the British in 1833 for fur trading. Settlers arrived and established farms on the prairie. Fort Steilacoom was constructed to reduce Indian uprisings. Several mills were built during the 1850's. In the late 1800's the prairie began to be filled with homes and roads.

Lakewood Attractions

  • Lakewold Gardens offers a view of Gravelly Lake and features a variety of attractive gardens
  • Lakewood Towne Center is a popular shopping destination
  • Lakewood Playhouse offers a variety of plays, musicals and comedies
  • Historic Fort Steilacoom features several historic buildings
  • Fort Lewis Military Museum includes tanks, a cannon and a collection of uniforms
  • McCord's Air Museum showcases numerous aircraft
  • Thornewood Castle is a large, impressive structure
  • Lakewood History Museum
  • Museum Antiques & Aviation Museum
  • Mt. Rainer Scenic Railroad

Lakewood Activities

American Lake is popular for picnics, boating, swimming and is utilized by sea planes. Fort Steilacoom Park features walking and bicycle trails and is situated along Waughop Lake. The Northwest Trek Wildlife Park provides opportunities to see elk, bison, big horn sheep and moose. The nearby scenic Mount Rainer National Park features an impressive volcano, numerous glaciers, waterfalls and lakes and scenic hiking trails. The Lakewood Game Refuge includes walking and bicycle riding trails. There are numerous golf courses in the area including Fort Steilacoom Golf Course, Meadow Park Golf Course, Oakbrook Golf & Country Club and Tacoma County & Golf Club.

Lakewood Higher Education

Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus, Troy University, Evergreen State College, Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound are nearby.

People

Total Population 59,122
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 24,702
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 46%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.8%
Median Earnings25+ $32,479
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,315
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,605

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,457
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 5.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $846
Median House Value $209,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.2%
Irish 9.3%

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

Lakewood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 31 miles S of Seattle, Washington
County Pierce
Standard Zip Codes 98409, 98439, 98498, 98499
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98492, 98497
Phone Area Codes 253
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.171
Longitude -122.517

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 TACOMA 1
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 60 F
Jul Temp 55 to 76 F
Oct Temp 45 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Station PUYALLUP 2 W EXP STN
Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 78 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches
Station MC MILLIN RESERVOIR
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 45 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 51 to 75 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

American Lake (98498)

Fort Steilacoom (98498)

Oakbrook (98497)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
DuPont 9,054 $88,929
Fircrest 6,612 $71,793
Ruston 915 $98,125
Steilacoom 6,118 $75,096
Tacoma 203,481 $62,209
University Place 31,991 $77,300

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

Lakewood Hospitals

SAINT CLARE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
11315 BRIDGEPORT WAY S W
(253) 588-1711
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lakewood High Schools

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LAKES HIGH SCHOOL
10320 FARWEST DR SW
253-589-7700
Serves 1,521 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

CLOVER PARK HIGH SCHOOL
11023 GRAVELLY LK DR SW
253-589-7602
Serves 1,478 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

TILLICUM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
8514 MAPLE ST SW
253-589-7890
A Title I School.
Serves 399 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

A-I HIGH SCHOOL
5214 STEILACOOM BLVD SW
253-589-7830
A Non-traditional School
Serves 172 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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14721 MURRAY ST
253-589-7480
A Special Education School
Serves 18 students.

ALFARETTA HOUSE
6423 ALFARETTA ST
253-589-7455
A Special Education School
Serves 13 students.

RE-ENTRY HIGH SCHOOL
5214 STEILACOOM BLVD SW
253-589-7830
A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.

TRANSITION LEARNING CENTER
5214 STEILACOOM BLVD SW
253-589-7830
A Non-traditional School

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