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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).

Demographics

People

Total Population149,793
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+78,901
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married45.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.9%
Median Earnings25+$39,658
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,101
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,966

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,708
% Above Poverty Level88.4%
% Below Poverty Level11.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation4.6%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,067
Median House Value$273,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.8%
German21.6%
Irish12.8%
English11.4%
Italian6.1%
French Except Basque3.1%
Swedish2.9%
Scottish2.6%
Polish2.5%
Norwegian2.2%
Dutch1.6%
Russian1.1%
Danishn0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Greek0.6%
African0.5%
Czech0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Arab0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
US/American0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Lakewood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County, Denver County
Standard Zip Codes80226, 80227, 80228, 80232, 80235, 80236, 80215, 80401, 80214, 80123
Phone Area Codes303,720
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude39.71
Approximate Longitude-105.09

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)

StationLAKEWOOD
Distance3.7 miles
Jan Temp13 to 44 F
Apr Temp30 to 59 F
Jul Temp55 to 86 F
Oct Temp32 to 65 F
Annual Precip17 inches
StationEVERGREEN
Distance13.5 miles
Jan Temp10 to 44 F
Apr Temp25 to 56 F
Jul Temp47 to 81 F
Oct Temp27 to 62 F
Annual Precip19.3 inches
StationCHERRY CREEK DAM
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 45 F
Apr Temp31 to 62 F
Jul Temp55 to 90 F
Oct Temp34 to 68 F
Annual Precip18.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bow Mar1,047$206,750
Denver663,303$71,913
Edgewater5,278$52,448
Englewood32,523$58,843
Sheridan5,965$47,045
Wheat Ridge31,044$65,377

Lakewood Public Libraries

Jefferson County Public Library
10200 W 20TH AVE
Lakewood, Colorado
(303) 235-5275

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Lakewood Hospitals

Centura Health - St Anthony Hospital
(Non-profit)
11600 West 2nd Place
(720) 321-0000
Orthocolorado Hospital At St Anthony Med Campus
(Proprietary)
11650 W 2nd Place
(720) 321-5000

Lakewood Public Schools

Molholm Elementary School
6000 West 9th Avenue
ZIP: 80214
Primary
Total Enrollment 555
Addenbrooke Classical Academy
480 South Kipling
ZIP: 80215
Other
Total Enrollment 223
Eiber Elementary School
1385 Independence Street
ZIP: 80215
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Jefferson County Open Elementary School
7655 West 10th Avenue
ZIP: 80215
Primary
Total Enrollment 233
Jefferson County Open Secondary
7655 West 10th Avenue
ZIP: 80215
High
Total Enrollment 326
Lakewood High School
9700 West 8th Avenue
ZIP: 80215
High
Total Enrollment 2124
Slater Elementary School
8605 West 23rd Avenue
ZIP: 80215
Primary
Total Enrollment 321
Sobesky Academy
2001 Hoyt Street
ZIP: 80215
Other
Total Enrollment 71
Stober Elementary School
2300 Urban Street
ZIP: 80215
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
Vivian Elementary School
10500 West 25th Avenue
ZIP: 80215
Primary
Total Enrollment 184
Belmar Elementary School
885 South Garrison Street
ZIP: 80226
Primary
Total Enrollment 324
Brady Exploration School
5220 W. Ohio Avenue
ZIP: 80226
High
Total Enrollment 280
Creighton Middle School
75 Independence Street
ZIP: 80226
Middle
Total Enrollment 677
Deane Elementary School
580 South Harlan Street
ZIP: 80226
Primary
Total Enrollment 479
Dennison Elementary School
401 Independence Street
ZIP: 80226
Primary
Total Enrollment 624
Glennon Heights Elementary School
11025 West Glennon Drive
ZIP: 80226
Primary
Total Enrollment 226
Lasley Elementary School
1401 South Kendall Street
ZIP: 80226
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Miller Special Education
200 Kipling Street
ZIP: 80226
Other
Total Enrollment 93
New America School
5806 W Alameda Ave
ZIP: 80226
High
Total Enrollment 327
South Lakewood Elementary School
8425 West 1st Avenue
ZIP: 80226
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Stein Elementary School
80 South Teller Street
ZIP: 80226
Primary
Total Enrollment 816
Bear Creek High School
9800 West Dartmouth Place
ZIP: 80227
High
Total Enrollment 1672
Bear Creek K-8 School
9601 West Dartmouth Place
ZIP: 80227
Primary
Total Enrollment 1096
Carmody Middle School
2050 S Kipling Street
ZIP: 80227
Middle
Total Enrollment 587
Green Gables Elementary School
8701 West Woodard Drive
ZIP: 80227
Primary
Total Enrollment 299
Westgate Elementary School
8550 West Vassar Drive
ZIP: 80227
Primary
Total Enrollment 637
Devinny Elementary School
1725 South Wright Street
ZIP: 80228
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Dunstan Middle School
1855 South Wright Street
ZIP: 80228
Middle
Total Enrollment 615
Foothills Elementary School
13165 West Ohio Avenue
ZIP: 80228
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
Green Mountain Elementary School
12250 West Kentucky Drive
ZIP: 80228
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Green Mountain High School
13175 W Green Mountain Drive
ZIP: 80228
High
Total Enrollment 1116
Hutchinson Elementary School
12900 West Utah Avenue
ZIP: 80228
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
Longview High School
13301 West 2nd Place
ZIP: 80228
High
Total Enrollment 48
Mc Lain Community High School
13600 West 2nd Place
ZIP: 80228
High
Total Enrollment 106
Mc Lain High School
13600 West 2nd Place
ZIP: 80228
High
Total Enrollment 391
Rooney Ranch Elementary School
2200 South Coors Street
ZIP: 80228
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Warren Tech Central
13300 West 2nd Place
ZIP: 80228
High
Total Enrollment 41
Alameda International High School
1255 South Wadsworth Blvd
ZIP: 80232
High
Total Enrollment 833
Family Literacy Preschool
5280 West Ohio Ave
ZIP: 80232
Primary
Total Enrollment 13
Kendrick Lakes Elementary School
1350 South Hoyt Street
ZIP: 80232
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
O'connell Middle School
1275 South Teller Street
ZIP: 80232
Middle
Total Enrollment 451
Patterson International School
1263 South Dudley Street
ZIP: 80232
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Colorado Digital Academy - Elementary
1526 Cole Boulevard Suite 200
ZIP: 80401
Primary
Total Enrollment 706
Colorado Digital Academy - Middle
1526 Cole Boulevard Suite 200
ZIP: 80401
Middle
Total Enrollment 281
Elevate Academy
1526 Cole Boulevard Suite 200
ZIP: 80401
High
Total Enrollment 26
Manning Options School
13200 West 32nd Place
ZIP: 80401
Middle
Total Enrollment 455

Lakewood Private Schools

Bethlehem Lutheran School
2100 Wadsworth Blvd
ZIP: 80214
Elementary
Total Enrollment 248
Denver Street School
1380 Ammons St
ZIP: 80214
Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
St Bernadette Catholic School
1100 Upham St
ZIP: 80214
Elementary
Total Enrollment 136
Our Lady Of Fatima Catholic School
10530 W 20th Ave
ZIP: 80215
Elementary
Total Enrollment 259
Primrose School Of Bear Creek
3395 S Kipling Pkwy
ZIP: 80227
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Concordia Lutheran Preschool
13371 W Alameda Pkwy
ZIP: 80228
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Kindercare Learning Center 764
1139 S Alkire St
ZIP: 80228
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
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