Officially incorporated in the winter of 1996, Lakewood is a community in Pierce County, Washington. As of the 2010 census, Lakewood had a population just over 58,000. It is currently the second-largest city in Pierce County.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lakewood is home to numerous creeks and lakes. Waughop Lake, American Lake, Gravelly Lake and Lake Steilacoom are all located within city limits. According to data compiled during the 2010 census, Lakewood’s median age is just under 37-years-old, with 49% of residents identifying as male and 51% identifying as female.
Lakewood established its first police department in 2004. In 2009, four Lakewood Police Department officers were shot and killed outside of a Forza Coffee shop in Parkland. Those lost were Sergeant Mark Renninger and officers Greg Richards, Tina Griswold and Ronald Owens. The shooting is considered to be the most deadly attack on police in Washington state’s history.
Schools, Media & Famous Faces
Lakewood is home to the Clover Park School District, which manages every public school that falls within city limits. It is also home to Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Clover Park Technical College, as well as St. Mary’s Christian School and St. Frances Cabrini School.
Many jobs in Lakewood are affiliated with the nearby military bases, and The News Tribune serves as the city’s primary newspaper. Notable residents include decorated U.S. Army infantryman Llewellyn Chilson, attorney Edgar Eisenhower (brother of the former president), Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and novelist Craig Lancaster.
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