Just 20 miles from downtown L.A., 15 miles from Orange County and less than 13 miles from Long Beach, Lakewood is in a great location for commuters. Bus and rail service are available, and the nearby Long Beach Airport offers hassle-free service to destinations throughout the United States. Depending on where they live, students in Lakewood attend public schools administered by one of four school districts that serve the city. There also are many private and religious school options in Lakewood and throughout the region. For higher education, there are more than 100 colleges and universities located within 50 miles of the city, including California State University Long Beach, Chapman University and Long Beach City College

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A quintessential post-WWII Southern California suburb, Lakewood offers a wide inventory of single-family homes, along with townhouses and condos providing many housing options for homebuyers. While historic houses are available, many of the city's homes were built in the 1950s through the '70s. Located in southern Los Angeles County, the average price of a home in Lakewood is significantly lower than that of houses in the county overall, but higher than the average price for California as a whole.

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