Lakewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 58,163 at the 2010 census.
Lakewood was officially incorporated on February 28, 1996. Historical names include Tacoma/Lakewood Center and Lakes District (this name was used by the U.S. Census in the 1970 and 1980 Census). Lakewood is the second-largest city in Pierce County and is home to the Clover Park School District, the Lakewood Water District, Fort Steilacoom Park and Western State Hospital, a regional state psychiatric hospital.
Lakewood is located at 47°10′N 122°32′W (47.164, -122.526).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.95 square miles (49.08 km²), of which, 17.17 square miles (44.47 km²) is land and 1.78 square miles (4.61 km²) is water.
There are several lakes within the city limits; the largest in area are American Lake, Lake Steilacoom, Gravelly Lake, Lake Louise, and Waughop Lake. A number of small creeks flow through Lakewood, some of which drain into nearby Puget Sound. The largest of these, Chambers Creek, flows from Lake Steilacoom to Chambers Bay between nearby University Place and Steilacoom.
The western terminus of State Route 512 is in Lakewood, at its intersection with Interstate 5. The proposed State Route 704 would be the only other state highway entering the city.
In 2004, the City of Lakewood formed the community's first Police Department, a move that has dropped the crime dramatically in recent years and has created a safer community in general.
As of the census of 2010, there were 58,163 people, 24,069 households, and 14,412 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,387.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,307.9/km²). There were 26,548 housing units at an average density of 1,546.2 per square mile (597.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.3% White, 11.8% African American, 1.3% Native American, 9.0% Asian, 2.6% Pacific Islander, 7.3% from other races, and 8.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.3% of the population.
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