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Lakewood is a home-rule municipality that is the most-populous municipality in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Lakewood is the fifth-most populous city in Colorado and the 172nd-most populous city in the United States. The city population was 142,980 at the 2010 United States Census. Lakewood is west of Denver and is part of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado, metropolitan statistical area.

The Lakewood Civic Center (2009)

Lakewood maintains a council/manager form of government. Citizens elect a city council consisting of the mayor, who is elected at-large, and 10 city council members, two from each of the city's five geographical wards. The mayor and the council members assert the policies for the operation of the city government.

As of 2020, the mayor is Adam Paul. The council members representing the first ward are Ramey Johnson and Charley Able, Jacob LaBure and Sharon Vincent represent the second ward, Anita Springsteen and Mike Bieda represent the third ward, David Skilling and Barb Franks represent the fourth ward, and the fifth ward is represented by Karen Harrison and Dana Gutwein.

The City of Lakewood falls into Colorado House District 26 and House District 23. Lakewood is represented in the state house by Reps. Chris Kennedy and Brittany Pettersen.[20]

Education

Lakewood also houses Lakewood High School, Green Mountain High School, Bear Creek High School, Brady Exploration High School, Alameda International High School, and International Baccalaureate schools in Jefferson County. Lakewood is also home to Colorado Christian University and Colorado School of Trades.

The town is served by the Jefferson County Public Library.

Transportation

Transportation within the city, and to other areas in the metropolitan area, is provided by RTD. RTD's Light Rail W line runs directly through Lakewood. Intercity transportation is provided by Bustang. Lakewood is along Bustang's West Line, which connects Denver to Grand Junction.[21]

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The distribution of the population by age was 20.8% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.2 years. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.[17]

The median income for a household in the city was $52,960, and for a family was $66,947. Males had a median income of $46,907 versus $41,476 for females. The city's per capita income was $30,027. About 9.1% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Lakewood's economy is diverse, while the largest employers are government. Companies based in Lakewood include Einstein Bros. Bagels, FirstBank, and The Integer Group.

As of 2013, 67.3% of the population over the age of 16 was in the labor force. 0.1% was in the armed forces, and 67.3% was in the civilian labor force with 61.1% employed and 6.2% unemployed. The occupational composition of the employed civilian labor force was 38.6% in management, business, science, a

As of 2013, 67.3% of the population over the age of 16 was in the labor force. 0.1% was in the armed forces, and 67.3% was in the civilian labor force with 61.1% employed and 6.2% unemployed. The occupational composition of the employed civilian labor force was 38.6% in management, business, science, and arts; 25.9% in sales and office occupations; 16.9% in service occupations; 9.9% in production, transportation, and material moving; and 8.7% in natural resources, construction, and maintenance. The three industries employing the largest percentages of the working civilian labor force were educational services, health care, and social assistance (18.4%); professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (13.8%); and retail trade (11.9%).[17]

The cost of living index in Lakewood, compared to a U.S. average of 100, is 107.4.[18] As of 2013, the median home value in the city was $238,500, the median selected monthly owner cost was $1,546 for housing units with a mortgage and $442 for those without, and the median gross rent was $940.[17]

According to the City's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:[19]

# Employer # of Employees
1 Denver Federal Center 8,000
2 state house by Reps. Chris Kennedy and Brittany Pettersen.[20]

Education

Lakewood also houses Lakewood High School, Green Mountain High School, Bear Creek High School, Brady Exploration High School, Alameda International High School, and International Baccalaureate schools in Jefferson County. Lakewood is also home to Colorado Christian University and Colorado School of Trades.

The town is served by the Jefferson County Public Library.

Transportation

Landmarks and historical points of interest include:[citation needed]