Population: 81,054Median home value: $445,800 68 Ranks better than 59% of areas
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A+ Lakewood Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Lakewood Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% higher than California
14444% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lakewood cost of living
D+ Lakewood Crime Total crime is 14% higher than California
Total crime
3,37023% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3023% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
14%Year over year crime is up
Lakewood crime
C+ Lakewood Employment Household income is 29% higher than California
Median household income
$82,17549% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,7303% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Lakewood employment
D+ Lakewood Housing Home value is 9% higher than California
Median home value
$445,800141% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,53862% higher than the US average
Home ownership
72%13% higher than the US average
Lakewood real estate or Lakewood rentals
F Lakewood Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than California
High school grad. rates
87%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
38%22% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:131% higher than the US average
Lakewood K-12 schools

Living in Lakewood, CA

Lakewood, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 81,054 people. Lakewood has a population density of 8,606 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Lakewood identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 19% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Lakewood is known to be family friendly as more than 71% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 55% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Lakewood can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Lakewood and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Lakewood to California and the national average.

The livability score in Lakewood is 69 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 59th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we know that Lakewood ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Lakewood. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: cost of living (F) and education (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Lakewood has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Lakewood is actually affordable. The median home price for Lakewood homes is $445,800, which is 8.9% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Lakewood, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.4, which is 15.6% lower than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Lakewood were 2.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.6%.

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Compare Lakewood, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Lakewood, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Park Estates, Long Beach814.52,646
Alamitos Heights, Long Beach8052,873
Walteria, Torrance7913.18,348
The Plaza, Long Beach782.721,865
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
City College Area, Long Beach781.810,097
West Torrance, Torrance7712.868,889
Los Altos, Long Beach753.313,766
State College Area, Long Beach754.89,427

Best Cities Near Lakewood, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA8525.520,477
Marina del Rey, CA8521.19,782
Hermosa Beach, CA8515.819,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8416.135,573
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA841913,324
Hidden Hills, CA8437.91,573
South Pasadena, CA8318.225,936
Newport Beach, CA8319.386,813

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Lakewood, CA - Gamble on a Fun Time

Upon driving into the city of Lakewood, CA the small town feel will instantly creep up on you. I had no idea what expect from Lakewood when I visited in Mid 2009 but quickly got a feeling for my surroundings in Lakewood. Lakewood has a small town look and feel but there is some decent shopping, surprising nightlife and you can even get a really good Philly cheese steak in the last place you'd expect. Weird, I know!

The Lakewood Center Mall was the first place I visited in the city. The shopping is decent, the mall is well maintained and on the second floor you can get excellent Philly cheese steaks. The Lakewood Center Mall is worth a visit just for the cheese steak if nothing else. Nearby Nightlife includes Sea Hawk which has an 80's feel but a good layout, strong drinks and pool tables. Boomer's is another nightspot that features two bars and plenty of alcohol to go around along with some great dancing.

Families should consider visiting Pacific Theatres Regency Fun Center which has an outstanding arcade. There is not much in the way of nature aside from a few small parks and there are not many other family attractions. Lakewood would make a great place to raise a family with quiet streets, mild entertainment, a good location and decent schools. Visitors should limit their time to a night or two, grab a cheese steak and visit the clubs.
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Source: The Lakewood, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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