Lakewood, WA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lakewood, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Lakewood had a population of 59,681 as of July 1, 2016. Lakewood ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lakewood is located at latitude 47.1665 and longitude -122.532 in Pierce County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lakewood (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.18 sq. miles and a water area of 1.76 sq. miles. Pierce County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 262 feet.

The City of Lakewood (GNIS ID: 2411615) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Lakewood is located within Tacoma Division of Pierce County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lakewood population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lakewood: Lakewood Center.

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Lakewood, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 59,681
Population in Households 58,496
Population in Familes 43,886
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,185
Population Density1 3,474
Diversity Index2 76


Total Households 24,627
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 14,634
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 27,538 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,074 (40.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,553 (49.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,911 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $244,356
Average Home Value $308,994


Median Household Income $44,484
Average Household Income $63,783
Per Capita Income $26,611
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.41% 0.7%
Households 0.37% 0.67%
Families 0.24% 0.58%
Median Household Income   0.29%
Per Capita Income   1.47%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Lakewood, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lakewood to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 19 97th
Population Density1 # 57 91st
Diversity Index2 # 40 94th
Median Household Income # 447 29th
Per Capita Income # 329 48th

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