Lakewood Colorado is located in the south-central region of Colorado, approximately 62 miles (100 km) north of Denver. The city is situated between the junction of U.S. Route 6 and Colorado State Highway 121 on a plateau surrounded by hills and mountains, primarily Green Mountain, a mesa 6,854 feet (2,089 m) tall, located in the far west-central part of the city. Lakewood is located on top of a hill at an elevation of around 5,518 feet (1,700 m). It is also located along the South Platte River in the heart of Denver’s western suburbs. It is bordered by Aurora to the east, Arvada to the north, Idaho Springs to the east, and Littleton to the south. The city is also bordered by a series of open space parks and golf courses, including Sunken Gardens and Lone Tree Golf Course.
The city population of Lakewood is 155,984 according to the 2020 Census, making it the fifth most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 167th most populous in the United States. In 2010, Lakewood was ranked as one of America’s most economically diverse cities (behind Boulder, Colorado).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Lakewood has a total area of 44.64 square miles (115.635 km2) Highway 25 passes through the eastern side of Lakewood with access from Exits 50A-50B. The highway connects Lakewood to Denver to the west and Arvada to the east. I-25 also connects Lakewood with Wheat Ridge on the northwest side of town. I-70 passes through the northern part of Lakewood and leads to Golden, Denver, and Boulder.
The area surrounding Lakewood has two distinct climates: one in summer and one in winter. It has cold, very dry winters and hot summers. Lakewood typically receives between of precipitation per year. Summer temperatures average from 70 to 85 °F (21 to 29 °C), while winter temperatures average from 40 to 50 °F (−40 to 10 °C). The lowest temperature ever recorded in Lakewood was −26 °F (−32 °C), on February 14, 1899. Lakewood experiences about 2 feet (0.61 m) of snow during the winter months, with a few inches falling each year in early spring. Lakewood is also known for its large number of thunderstorms which occur in late summer and fall; however, they are not as frequent as other cities in the state due to its high elevation and proximity to Denver.
As of the 2010 census, 61,986 households, and 35,882 families were residing in the city. The complete racial makeup of the city is 82.9% White, 3.1% Asian, 1.6% Black, 1.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.7% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race are 22.0% of the population. The total median income for a household in the city was $52,960, and for a family was $66,947.
Lakewood’s economy is diverse, and the largest employers are government. Companies based in Lakewood include FirstBank, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and The Integer Group.
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