Incorporated in 1996, Lakewood is the second-largest city in Pierce County and the 18th-largest in the state of Washington. It is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the largest joint base on the West Coast and one of the largest in the U.S. Lakewood is strategically located along the Interstate 5 corridor. It borders JBLM, Camp Murray (home to the Washington National RainierGuard) and Tacoma, and is situated a short drive from Seattle and Olympia. Lakewood also is a hub for activity at the Ports of Tacoma, Olympia and Seattle.

Snapshot of the Community

  • 60,000 residents
  • 3,500 businesses
  • 25,000 jobs
  • 24,000 households
  • Median age: 36.6
  • Average household income: $65,912
  • Lakewood Industrial Park is fourth-largest private, for-profit employer in Pierce County and third-largest industrial business park in Washington
  • Boasts one of the only true “International Districts” in Pierce County, influenced by Korean, Vietnamese, Latino and other ethnic cultures
  • Served by:
    • Clover Park School District, an award-winning K-12 public system that has built several new schools recently
    • Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, a community college
    • Clover Park Technical Colleges, one of the most popular technical colleges in the South Sound
  • Named one of the nation’s “One Hundred Best Communities for Young People”  by America’s Promise Alliance six years in a row


Lakewood Boasts Great Recreation

  • 11 parks  onsisting of more than 540 acres
  • Five lakes  offering water skiing, rowing, and fishing
  • Four golf courses, including Oakbrook, Fort Steilacoom, Tacoma Country & Golf and American Lake Veterans
  • Fort Steilacoom Park
  • Historic Lakewold Gardens
  • Thornewood Castle
  • Grand Prix Raceway
  • AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center
  • Lakewood Playhouse

More fun facts about LakewoodKearseMayor

  • Known as the “playground” for region’s elite who enjoyed its lakes, golf courses and other amenities, including the Weyerhauser family (yes, of forestry fame) whose home was on Gravelly Lake
  • Mayor William “Bill” Harrison, the City of Lakewood’s first mayor after incorporation in 1996, has a building named in his honor – a.k.a. “Harrison Hall” –  at neighboring Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Harrison served as the commanding general of 7th Infantry Division, I Corps and what was then known as Fort Lewis. He was elected as Lakewood’s first Mayor in October 1995. Harrison Hall will serve as 7th Infantry Division’s headquarters building.
  • Thornewood Castle, located on the shores of American Lake, was an actual European castle that Chester Throne purchased in 1907. He had the 400-year-old Elizabethan manor dismantled and shipped, brick by brick, from England to Northwest. Thornewood has also been the real-life set for movies such as Stephen King’s “Rose Red ,” Ridley Pearson’s “The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer ” and Oscar-winner “There Will Be Blood .”
  • Lakewold Gardens – a 10-acre estate canvassed with rare and native plants, trees and more than 900 rhododendrons on the shores of Gravelly Lake  – was recently listed on the National Historic Register .
  • Lakewood is the hometown to the likes of:
    • Kate Starbird, 1997 James Naismith National Player of the Year for Stanford, former WNBA star
    • Jermaine Kearse, wide receiver for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks
    • Michael Wansley, a.k.a., “Wanz,” Grammy Award-winning singer
  • Lakewood is the gateway to: