Are there many kids that live in lakewood? Is it usually considered a safe area to live in?

Asked by jkhdsh djak, New York Sun Nov 29, 2009

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Anna Matsuna…, Agent, University Place, WA
Tue Apr 9, 2013
Well, 4 of the kids in Lakewood live in my house. There are many many more, just show up in front of any of the local grade schools around 8 am, any middle school around 8:30 and highschool around 7:30 and it will be clear there are lots of kids!

Speaking of schools, the schools are part of our reason for moving here. We love the school district and they have been wonderful with our children.

You also likely will enjoy other things about Lakewood if you are looking to raise your kids here. Everything is close and so running errands takes less time and gives you more time at home. Schools and parks are nearby. There are many many schools in Lakewood and they are well placed in relation to the population who goes there. It is beautiful here and kids love being out of doors, it's a nice place for that.

You will also find the Lakewood YMCA, Lakewood community center, Fort Steilcoom park, the Towne Center, the Lakewood library and much more here.

As far as a safe place to live, we moved here to be in a better place and I feel safer here than anywhere we have lived in the last 20 years or so. With that said, there are some real differences in the neighborhoods, be sure you have a realtor who will help you with doing a good neighborhood review.
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Pat Brewer, Agent, University Place, WA
Thu Mar 11, 2010
As a long time resident of Lakewood and a successful REALTOR here for 24 years - I know a lot about Lakewood.
It is a lovely community befiting the name; lakes large for boating, skiing , parks, lovely large old growth trees and an easy commute north or south on I-5. A commuity College, a tech. college, 2 high schools,a mall , plenty of good places to dine plus 2 movie theaters, art galleries and more. It abuts the Puget Sound and boast lovely water views from the Oakbrook neighborhood.
Old wives tales about crime die hard and were truer before Lakewood became a city, 12 yrs. ago. with our own wonderful police dept.
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Sandy Nelson, Agent, Olympia, WA
Sat Dec 5, 2009
Of course, there are plenty of kids living in Lakewood. It's not a retirement communty. Lakewood has some very nice and some not so nice neighborhoods. I would concentrate on the neighborhoods with the highest ranking schools. Here is a website that lets you compare Washington State schools:
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Sun Nov 29, 2009
If you are not familiar with the area, now is the time to explore--go and visit; check out all that is important to you-- look at shops, parks, dine at a local eatery etc. As far as crime is concerned, why not visit the local police department and ask--hear the aswers firsthand-- also ask about kids--others'opinions are just that.

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Jim Swanson, Agent, Tacoma, WA
Sun Nov 29, 2009
Emma, there are a lot of kids in Lakewood. This is visible by the number of schools. There are some folks that say the crime rate is higher in parts of Lakewood, but the only way to be sure is to compare to other places. The City of Lakewood has a website with data available at, but I would say to find out for yourself, you could drive around areas that interest you during the morning, day, and night to be sure you like the area.

No matter what anyone else says, you have to be happy with where you live. I have sold a few homes in Lakewood and no one is complaining about their quality of life in the neighborhoods. There are pockets everywhere, so do your own homework, and be satisfied in your own mind prior to buying in a certain area.

The Lakewood area offers a lot to residences, like shopping, entertainment, easy access to other parts of the county, and of course, a pretty well established economy with two large military bases.
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