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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population59,489
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens14.3%
Employed Population 16+25,635
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married45.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.9%
Median Earnings25+$32,623
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,052
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,466

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,956
% Above Poverty Level79.7%
% Below Poverty Level20.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation5.5%

Housing

People Living Alone36.9%
Median Gross Rent$879
Median House Value$218,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)48.6%
Irish8.8%
English8.1%
Norwegian2.9%
Italian2.6%
French Except Basque2.4%
Scottish1.9%
Swedish1.5%
Dutch1.3%
Polish1.2%
African0.9%
Russian0.7%
West Indian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Romanian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Ukrainian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Swiss0.1%
German0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Australian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Latvian0.1%
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Lakewood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pierce County
Standard Zip Codes98498, 98439, 98499, 98409
P.O. Box Zip Codes98496, 98497
Phone Area Codes253
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude47.17
Approximate Longitude-122.51

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)

StationTACOMA 1
Distance7.2 miles
Jan Temp35 to 47 F
Apr Temp42 to 60 F
Jul Temp55 to 76 F
Oct Temp45 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.9 inches
StationPUYALLUP 2 W EXP STN
Distance8.9 miles
Jan Temp33 to 47 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp52 to 78 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip40.5 inches
StationMC MILLIN RESERVOIR
Distance12.1 miles
Jan Temp32 to 45 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp51 to 75 F
Oct Temp41 to 59 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
DuPont9,224$82,625
Fircrest6,660$73,914
Ruston969$97,500
Steilacoom6,175$76,847
Tacoma205,602$65,075
University Place32,342$78,577

Lakewood Public Schools

Woodbrook Middle School
14920 Spring St
ZIP: 98439
(253) 583-5460
Middle
Total Enrollment 508
Special Education Services/relife
14721 Murray St
ZIP: 98439
(253) 583-5170
Other
Total Enrollment 12
Lakes High School
10320 Farwest Dr Sw
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5550
High
Total Enrollment 1397
Idlewild Elementary School
10806 Idlewild Rd Sw
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5290
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Lake Louise Elementary School
11014 Holden Rd Sw
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5310
Primary
Total Enrollment 357
Custer Elementary School
7801 Steilacoom Blvd Sw
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5230
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Harrison Prep School
8800 121st St Sw
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5418
Other
Total Enrollment 491
Oakridge Group Home
8701 Steilacoom Blvd
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5416
High
Total Enrollment 4
Oak Grove
8805 Steilacoom Blvd Sw
ZIP: 98498
(253) 756-2522
Primary
Total Enrollment 14
Transition Day Students
8805 Steilacoom Blvd, C/o Ann Almlie
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5174
Other
Total Enrollment 14
Oakbrook Elementary School
7802 83rd Ave Sw
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5330
Primary
Total Enrollment 307
Tillicum Elementary School
8514 Maple St Sw
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5370
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Hudtloff Middle School
8102 Phillips Road
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5400
Middle
Total Enrollment 761
Mann Middle School
11509 Holden Rd Sw
ZIP: 98498
(253) 583-5440
Middle
Total Enrollment 411
Re-entry High School
5431 Steilacoom Blvd Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5390
High
Total Enrollment 5
Re-entry Middle School
5431 Steilacoom Blvd Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5390
Middle
Alfaretta House
6423 Alfaretta St
ZIP: 98499
(253) 589-7455
High
Total Enrollment 138
Tyee Park Elementary School
11920 Seminole Rd Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5380
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Lochburn Middle School
5431 Steilacoom Blvd Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5420
Middle
Total Enrollment 549
Lakeview Hope Academy
10501 47th Ave Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5320
Primary
Total Enrollment 518
Clover Park High School
11023 Gravelly Lk Dr Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5500
High
Total Enrollment 1222
Dower Elementary School
7817 Dower Rd West
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5240
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Oakwood Elementary School
3230 85th St So
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5340
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Park Lodge Elementary School
6300 100th St Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5350
Primary
Total Enrollment 338
Lakewood Career Academy
5214 Steilacoom Blvd Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5390
Northwest Career And Technical High School
4500 Steilacoom Blvd Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 589-5800
High
Southgate Elementary School
10202 Earley Ave Sw
ZIP: 98499
(253) 583-5360
Primary
Total Enrollment 643

Lakewood Private Schools

Lakewood Lutheran School
10202 112th St Sw
ZIP: 98498
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
St Mary's Christian School
10630 Gravelly Lake Dr Sw
ZIP: 98499
Elementary
Total Enrollment 40
St Frances Cabrini School
5621 108th St Sw
ZIP: 98499
Elementary
Total Enrollment 216
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