Lakewood, WA

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Population

59,102

0.651% decline

Median Age

36


Median Household Income

$47,636

5.25% growth

Poverty Rate

19.3%


Number of Employees

24,012

0.561% growth

Median Property Value

$232,600

6.4% growth

About

In 2017, Lakewood, WA had a population of 59.1k people with a median age of 36 and a median household income of $47,636. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lakewood, WA declined from 59,489 to 59,102, a -0.651% decrease and its median household income grew from $45,261 to $47,636, a 5.25% increase.

The population of Lakewood, WA is 50.8% White Alone, 16.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 11.2% Black or African American Alone. 24.2% of the people in Lakewood, WA speak a non-English language, and 93.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lakewood, WA are Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (1,548 degrees awarded in 2016) and Clover Park Technical College (1,501 degrees).

The median property value in Lakewood, WA is $232,600, and the homeownership rate is 45%. Most people in Lakewood, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Lakewood, WA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lakewood, WA employs 24k people. The largest industries in Lakewood, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,725 people), Retail Trade (2,986 people), and Public Administration (2,041 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($138,466), Information ($55,698), and Public Administration ($51,463).

Median household income in Lakewood, WA is $47,636. Males in Lakewood, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,882. The income inequality in Lakewood, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,636

2017 value

± $2,046

5.25%

1 Year Growth

± 6.93%

Households in Lakewood, WA have a median annual income of $47,636, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $45,261 in 2016, which represents a 5.25% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$73,040

Average Male Salary

± $1,385

$53,882

Average Female Salary

± $1,130

In 2017, full-time male employees in Lakewood, WA made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $65,555 ± $3,156

  2. White

    $57,225 ± $943

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,049 ± $3,328

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Lakewood, WA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lakewood, WA is from Washington.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Washington was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.104% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 719.02

  2. Census Tract 721.05

  3. Census Tract 721.07

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lakewood, WA was Census Tract 719.02 with a value of $90,640, followed by Census Tract 721.05 and Census Tract 721.07, with respective values of $73,750 and $67,909.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lakewood, WA (11.3k out of 58.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 6 - 11.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    5,766 ± 574

  2. Hispanic

    4,095 ± 536

  3. Other

    1,702 ± 386

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lakewood, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

24k

2017 Value

± 1,096

0.561%

1 Year growth

± 6.57%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lakewood, WA grew at a rate of 0.561%, from 23.9k employees to 24k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lakewood, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,195 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,623 people), and Management Occupations (1,514 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lakewood, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lakewood, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,195 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,623 people), and Management Occupations (1,514 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Lakewood, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.8 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.5 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lakewood, WA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($73,920), Management Occupations ($70,246), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($62,474).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

24k

2017 Value

± 1,096

0.561%

1 Year growth

± 6.57%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lakewood, WA grew at a rate of 0.561%, from 23.9k employees to 24k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lakewood, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,725 people), Retail Trade (2,986 people), and Public Administration (2,041 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lakewood, WA, though some of these residents may live in Lakewood, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lakewood, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,725 people), Retail Trade (2,986 people), and Public Administration (2,041 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Lakewood, WA has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.82 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.42 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lakewood, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($138,466), Information ($55,698), and Public Administration ($51,463).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.6B

  2. $37.2B

  3. $28.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $38.6B, followed by Mixed freight with $37.2B and Gasoline and $28.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Washington products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$296B

2015 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

50.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Washington trade was $296B. This is expected to increase 50.1% to $444B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.3B

  2. $14.2B

  3. $9.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $26.3B, followed by California with $14.2B and Tennessee and $9.45B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Washington shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89.1% of the population of Lakewood, WA has health coverage, with 29.9% on employee plans, 22.9% on Medicaid, 8.53% on Medicare, 19.7% on non-group plans, and 8.13% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Lakewood, WA was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Lakewood, WA see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.839% increase from the previous year (1192 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1254 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 335 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14%). Additionally, Adams County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1202 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Washington see an average of 1202 patients per year. This represents a 0.839% increase from the previous year (1192 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,913

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,328

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,851

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,997

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.9%

Uninsured

29.9%

Employer Coverage

22.9%

Medicaid

8.53%

Medicare

19.7%

Non-Group

8.13%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lakewood, WA declined by 13.9% from 12.6% to 10.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lakewood, WA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14%.

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Diversity

Lakewood, WA is home to a population of 59.1k people, from which 93.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.5% of Lakewood, WA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lakewood, WA is composed of 30k White Alone residents (50.8%), 9.54k Hispanic or Latino residents (16.1%), 6.61k Black or African American Alone residents (11.2%), 5.23k Asian Alone residents (8.84%), 4.86k Two or More Races residents (8.22%), 1.71k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (2.89%), 1.03k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.75%), and 77 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.13%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lakewood, WA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (6,296 speakers), Korean (1,503 speakers), and Tagalog (1,334 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.3

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lakewood, WA was 36. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Lakewood, WA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lakewood, WA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

16.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 15.5% of Lakewood, WA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lakewood, WA was 16.4%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,445 ± 11,764 people

  2. Philippines

    67,799 ± 6,362 people

  3. India

    67,429 ± 6,345 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Lakewood, WA was Mexico, the natal country of 237,445 Lakewood, WA residents, followed by Philippines with 67,799 and India with 67,429.

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Citizenship

93.3%

2017 Citizenship

91.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93.3% of Lakewood, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lakewood, WA was 91.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    30k ± 974

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    9.54k ± 1.26k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    6.61k ± 653

In 2017, there were 3.15 times more White Alone residents (30k people) in Lakewood, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.54k Hispanic or Latino and 6.61k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lakewood, WA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    6,296 speakers (11.5%)

  2. Korean

    1,503 speakers (2.74%)

  3. Tagalog

    1,334 speakers (2.43%)

24.2% of Lakewood, WA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Lakewood, WA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 11.5% of the overall population of Lakewood, WA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 2.74% speak Korean and 2.43% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,807 ± 382

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,694 ± 421

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,658 ± 294

Lakewood, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lakewood, WA awarded 3,049 degrees. The student population of Lakewood, WA is skewed towards women, with 3,729 male students and 6,317 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lakewood, WA are White (1,626 and 55%), followed by Black or African American (362 and 12.3%), Hispanic or Latino (282 and 9.54%), and Two or More Races (243 and 8.22%).

The largest universities in Lakewood, WA by number of degrees awarded are Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (1,548 and 50.8%) and Clover Park Technical College (1,501 and 49.2%).

The most popular majors in Lakewood, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (827 and 27.1%), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (180 and 5.9%), and Computer & Information Systems Security (148 and 4.85%).

The median tuition costs in Lakewood, WA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,217 and $7,269 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 46 degrees awarded

  2. 827 degrees awarded

  3. 69 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lakewood, WA was Early Childhood Education & Teaching with 46 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,548 degrees awarded

  2. 1,501 degrees awarded

$4,217

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lakewood, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom with 1,548 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,293

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,756

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,293 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lakewood, WA, which is 0.736 times less than the 1,756 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,626 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    362 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    282 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lakewood, WA were to White students. These 1,626 degrees mean that there were 4.49 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 362 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lakewood, WA was $232,600 in 2017, which is 1.07 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $218,600 to $232,600, a 6.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Lakewood, WA is 45%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lakewood, WA have an average commute time of 27.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lakewood, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$47,636

Median Household Income

± $2,046

24.1k

Number of Households

± 1,104

In 2017, the median household income of the 24.1k households in Lakewood, WA grew to $47,636 from the previous year's value of $45,261.

The following chart displays the households in Lakewood, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$232,600

2017 Median

± $6,705

$218,600

2016 Median

± $6,856

In 2017, the median property value in Lakewood, WA grew to to $232,600 from the previous year's value of $218,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lakewood, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lakewood, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lakewood, WA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lakewood, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

45%

2017 Homeownership

43.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 45% of the housing units in Lakewood, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 43.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lakewood, WA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lakewood, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lakewood, WA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

27.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lakewood, WA have a longer commute time (27.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 5.58% of the workforce in Lakewood, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.3%

  2. Carpooled

    10.1%

  3. Public Transit

    5.45%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lakewood, WA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Public Transit.

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