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Overview

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).

Demographics

People

Total Population81,054
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens12.4%
Employed Population 16+38,294
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married48.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.4%
Median Earnings25+$46,927
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,492
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,714

Wealth

Median Family Income$91,152
% Above Poverty Level92.5%
% Below Poverty Level7.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone20.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,538
Median House Value$445,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)61.7%
German8.5%
Irish7.2%
English5.6%
Italian3.8%
Dutch2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Swedish1.3%
Norwegian1.1%
Polish1%
Scottish1%
Welsh0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Arab0.6%
African0.5%
Russian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Egyptian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
US/American0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
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Lakewood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90712, 90713, 90715, 90805, 90716
P.O. Box Zip Codes90711, 90714
Phone Area Codes562, 310, 323, 657
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.84
Approximate Longitude-118.14

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)

StationLONG BEACH AP
Distance2.7 miles
Jan Temp46 to 68 F
Apr Temp53 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp58 to 79 F
Annual Precip12.9 inches
StationLOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN USC
Distance15.7 miles
Jan Temp49 to 68 F
Apr Temp54 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp60 to 79 F
Annual Precip15.1 inches
StationANAHEIM
Distance16.3 miles
Jan Temp45 to 69 F
Apr Temp51 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Artesia16,789$62,626
Bellflower77,687$55,814
Cerritos49,797$102,958
Hawaiian Gardens14,468$36,250
Paramount54,941$49,543
Signal Hill11,404$70,750

Lakewood Hospitals

Lakewood Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
3700 East South Street

Lakewood Public Schools

Intensive Learning Center
4718 E. Michelson St.
ZIP: 90712
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Riley Elementary
3319 Sandwood St.
ZIP: 90712
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Stephen Foster Elementary
5223 E. Bigelow St.
ZIP: 90712
Primary
Total Enrollment 735
Hoover Middle
3501 Country Club Dr.
ZIP: 90712
Middle
Total Enrollment 860
Craig Williams Elementary
6144 N. Clark Ave.
ZIP: 90712
Primary
Total Enrollment 825
Paramount Alternative Education Center
3701 Michelson St.
ZIP: 90712
Other
Total Enrollment 51
Holmes Elementary
5020 Barlin Ave.
ZIP: 90712
Primary
Total Enrollment 455
Buena Vista High
3717 Michelson St.
ZIP: 90712
High
Total Enrollment 214
Madison Elementary
2801 Bomberry St.
ZIP: 90712
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Gompers K-8
5206 Briercrest Ave.
ZIP: 90713
Primary
Total Enrollment 706
Esther Lindstrom Elementary
5900 N. Canehill St.
ZIP: 90713
Primary
Total Enrollment 882
Mayfair High
6000 N. Woodruff Ave.
ZIP: 90713
High
Total Enrollment 3144
Macarthur Elementary
6011 Centralia St.
ZIP: 90713
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Cleveland Elementary
4760 Hackett Ave.
ZIP: 90713
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
Lakewood High
4400 Briercrest Ave.
ZIP: 90713
High
Total Enrollment 3553
Melbourne (ella P.) Elementary
21314 Claretta Ave.
ZIP: 90715
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
Palms Elementary
12445 E. 207th St.
ZIP: 90715
Primary
Total Enrollment 626
Artesia High
12108 E. Del Amo Blvd.
ZIP: 90715
High
Total Enrollment 1568
Willow Elementary
11733 E. 205th St.
ZIP: 90715
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Aloha Elementary
11737 E. 214th St.
ZIP: 90715
Primary
Total Enrollment 390

Lakewood Private Schools

St Pancratius Elementary School
3601 Saint Pancratius Pl
ZIP: 90712
Elementary
Total Enrollment 175
St Joseph High School
5825 Woodruff Ave
ZIP: 90713
Secondary
Total Enrollment 679
Educare Preschool
4300 Bellflower Blvd
ZIP: 90713
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Tutor Time Child Care Learning Center
6504 South St
ZIP: 90713
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Educare Preschool & Kindergarten
5730 South St
ZIP: 90713
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
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