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A+ Lakewood Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Lakewood Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% higher than New Jersey
13636% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lakewood cost of living
C+ Lakewood Crime Total crime is 37% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
2,44211% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4111% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Lakewood crime
D- Lakewood Employment Household income is 44% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$40,96626% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$12,27559% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%38% lower than the US average
Lakewood employment
F Lakewood Housing Home value is 29% higher than New Jersey
Median home value
$409,300122% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,30337% higher than the US average
Home ownership
33%48% lower than the US average
Lakewood real estate or Lakewood rentals
F Lakewood Schools HS graduation rate is 9% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
79%5% lower than the US average
School test scores
15%70% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:133% lower than the US average
Lakewood K-12 schools or Lakewood colleges

Living in Lakewood, NJ

Lakewood, New Jersey is a medium-sized city with a population of 54,679 people. Lakewood has a population density of 7,724 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Lakewood is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Lakewood could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 18 years old is below the nation’s average. Lakewood is known to be family friendly as more than 83% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 21% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Lakewood, New Jersey. Finding the best places to live in Lakewood and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, employment, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Lakewood is 56 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 8th percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the US average, this area has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. In fact, Lakewood actually ranks among the lowest 10 percentile of cities across the nation. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Lakewood scores well for amenities (A+). Unfortunately for Lakewood, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (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. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: FirstEnergy Park, Tiberias Spa and Salon, and Ladida.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Lakewood is real estate affordability. The median home price for Lakewood homes is $409,300, which is 29.4% higher than the New Jersey 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 10, which is 132.6% higher than the New Jersey average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Lakewood area were 2.6% and 5 year appreciation rates were 7.7%.

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General low crime rate, beautiful landscape, great shopping

If you are person with family values, you fit in just right in Lakewood, NJ! A growing town, with good business opportunity, Lakewood is home to a multi-cultural community, but primarily to the Jewish Orthodox. With a host of houses of worship, beautiful parks and recreational spots, as well as shopping plazas, residential neighborhoods and two major colleges, Lakewood is a great town to live.

Many view traffic congestion as a major concern here. With courtesy busing for private schools now on the forefront, that problem is highlighted. Nevertheless, Lakewood's past has taught the public that this issue, as others will be resolved eventually.

Although the media likes to paint the differences between the various sectors of the community in bold, there is an underlying respect that all have for each other. On a scale of one to ten, I'd place Lakewood as a 9+. Experience Lakewood and see for yourself!
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The Beach Community of Lakewood, NJ

I lived in Lakewood, New Jersey for ten years in my teens to my early twenties, and it was a wonderful place to live. Lakewood is a small town in Ocean County in Central New Jersey, less than an hour from New York City and only a few minutes from all the attractions of the Jersey Shore. Situated with easy access to the Garden State Parkway as well as Routes 35 and 9, Lakewood provides easy access to the rest of the state.

Lakewood is a tight-knit community with all the sights and sounds of a beach community. Equally distant between the boardwalks of Point Pleasant and Sandy Hook, nightlife is less than ten minutes away. Also down the road is the famous and historical city of Asbury Park, where countless famous musicians began their careers, and many more continue to do so to this day. Eateries in the Lakewood area are diverse and unmatched--between the famous New Jersey diners and the local Jewish and Italian cuisines of the area, there is certainly something for everyone in Lakewood.

Although the city of Lakewood itself is generally rather quiet, the summer can bring many tourists to the surrounding areas--resulting in even more congestion than is typical for New Jersey. However, this tourism also has the benefit of creating a thriving economy for Lakewood and the surrounding areas. As with any densely populated area there are some undesirable urbanized communities in the surrounding areas. The benefits of living in Lakewood is its sense of community, where neighbors constantly watch out for each other and emergency services are never more than a stones throw away. Moderately priced for New Jersey, Lakewood is a wonderful place to live and grow up.
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Source: The Lakewood, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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