Lakewood, Washington is served by the Clover Park School District, which is home to 17 elementary schools, four middle schools and two traditional high schools. The district also includes an alternative high school and a prepatory school. Lakewood's private school options are St. Frances Cabrini School and St. Mary's Christian School, and college students often attend Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom, Clover Park Technical College or nearby University of Washington-Tacoma, which is just seven miles from town.

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Located within 19 square miles, Lakewood, Washington is home to 58,000 people, of which 60 percent of households are made up of families. Rich in Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese and Latino culture, to name a few, the city is a true melting pot. The lower-than-average unemployment rate and affordable housing - an average home costs about $207,000 - make the area popular for military families stationed at nearby Fort Steilacoom.

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