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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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.
Temperatures in Lakewood are mild all year, hovering in the 30s and 40s in the winter and ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s in the summer. During warmer months, residents often spend time at the 340-acre Fort Steilacoom Park, which provides an off-leash dog park, picnic and playground areas and baseball and soccer fields. The hybrid plants, rose gardens and waterfalls of Lakewold Gardens are also popular, as is American Lake for boating and fishing. Winter months see the people of Lakewood attending or acting in plays at Lakewood Playhouse or simply enjoying an afternoon at Lakewood Towne Center, which is home to a movie theater, a variety of department stores, a grocery store and several dining options. A wide variety of cafes, breweries and other restaurants round out Lakewood's diverse range of entertainment venues. If you feel your family would benefit from the multicultural environment offered by Lakewood, you can begin searching for your home by browsing our listing of homes currently available for sale.