According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.95 square miles (49.08 km2), of which, 17.17 square miles (44.47 km2) is land and 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2) is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 58,163 people, 24,069 households, and 14,412 families living in the city. The population density was 3,387.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,307.9/km2). There were 26,548 housing units at an average density of 1,546.2 per square mile (597.0/km2).
Lakewood’s economy is highly dependent upon on the military bases in the area. It also boasts one of the few true International Districts in the South Sound along South Tacoma Way and Pacific Highway, with Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Latino and other influences (the population of Lakewood’s Tillicum neighborhood is nearly half non-English speaking). Many apartment complexes in Lakewood.
The City of Lakewood contracted with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office for police services between 1996 and 2004. According to the City of Lakewood website, the Lakewood Police Department started independent police and patrol operations on November 1, 2004.
The Clover Park School District, which includes most of the city limits, operates all public schools within Lakewood. Private schools include St Frances Cabrini School, St Mary’s Christian School, and Lakewood Lutheran School. Lakewood is also home to Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Clover Park Technical College. (Source: Wikipedia)