Lakewood, Ohio

Lakewood, Ohio
City of Lakewood

Cleveland, Ohio, as seen from Lakewood Park in April 2007.
Nickname(s): "City of Beautiful Homes"
Motto: "A Great Place to Call Home"

Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio.

Location of Ohio in the United States
Coordinates: 41°28′51″N 81°48′01″W / 41.48083°N 81.80028°W / 41.48083; -81.80028Coordinates: 41°28′51″N 81°48′01″W / 41.48083°N 81.80028°W / 41.48083; -81.80028
Country  United States of America
State  Ohio
County Cuyahoga
  Type Mayor-council
  Mayor Michael P. Summers (D)[1]
  Total 6.69 sq mi (17.33 km2)
  Land 5.53 sq mi (14.32 km2)
  Water 1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
Elevation[3] 705 ft (215 m)
Population (2010)[4]
  Total 52,131
  Estimate (2015[5]) 50,656
  Density 9,426.9/sq mi (3,639.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44107
Area code(s) 216
FIPS code[6] 39-41664
GNIS feature ID 1064966

Lakewood is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area, and borders the city of Cleveland. The population was 52,131 at the 2010 United States Census,[7] making it the third largest city in Cuyahoga County, behind Cleveland (396,815) and Parma (81,601).

Lakewood, one of Cleveland's inner-ring suburbs, borders the city of Cleveland to the west. Lakewood's population density is the highest of any city in Ohio and is roughly comparable to that of Washington, DC.


Lakewood was incorporated as a village in 1889, and named for its lakefront location.[8]


Lakewood is governed by an elected mayor and elected council. The council has seven members, with four members representing wards in the city and the other three are at-large council members. Lakewood is represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Marcy Kaptur (OH-9,D). In the state assembly it is represented by Michael Skindell (D) in the State Senate and by Nickie Antonio (D) in the State House. The expected expenditure for 2010 for the City of Lakewood is $33.7 million, with the city bringing in revenues of $34.03 million.[9] The current income tax is 1.5%.


Lakewood is located at 41°28′51″N 81°48′1″W / 41.48083°N 81.80028°W / 41.48083; -81.80028 (41.480881, -81.800360),[10] about 6 miles (9.7 km) west of downtown Cleveland.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.69 square miles (17.33 km2), of which 5.53 square miles (14.32 km2) is land and 1.16 square miles (3.00 km2) is water.[2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201550,656[11]−2.8%

88.12% spoke English, 3.01% Arabic, 1.84% Spanish, 1.02% Albanian, and 0.74% Hungarian as their first language.[15]

As of the 2007 American Community Survey, the median income for a household in the city was $42,602, and the median income for a family was $59,201. Males had a median income of $42,599 versus $35,497 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,939. About 10.9% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over. Of the city's population over the age of 25, 39.0% hold a bachelor's degree or higher.[16]

Lakewood is a hotspot for immigrants, arriving mostly from the Middle East and Albania.[17] The foreign-born population was 8.7% in 2007.[18]

2010 U.S. Census

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 52,131 people, 25,274 households, and 11,207 families residing in the city. The population density was 9,426.9 inhabitants per square mile (3,639.7/km2). There were 28,498 housing units at an average density of 5,153.3 per square mile (1,989.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.5% White, 6.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 1.3% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

There were 25,274 households of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.7% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 55.7% were non-families. 44.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 19.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 34.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 11% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.


Public schools

Lakewood High School in April 2009

The City of Lakewood Public School System is managed by a directly elected school board. The Lakewood City Schools was rated as having "Continuous Improvement" by the Ohio Department of Education in 2013. Lakewood boasts brand new elementary schools and middle schools. The high school is under renovation. Two more elementary schools are slated to be rebuilt or renovated soon. The investment is the first major school building program in Lakewood since 1920. The school system is one of the largest employers in the city of Lakewood.

Private schools

Economic development

Downtown Lakewood

Downtown Lakewood spans from Bunts Avenue to the east and Arthur Avenue to the west along Detroit Avenue. The area has been a site of significant economic development in recent years. Development in Lakewood has escalated, even during a period of regional and national economic decline (2006–2009).




Lakewood Park with view of Downtown Cleveland skyline
Gold Coast - Lakewood
On October 30, 2015, Lakewood opened its “Solstice Steps” in the northwest corner of the park. The steps are aligned in the direction of sunset on the summer solstice. They are constructed of white concrete blocks in five tiers; each tier has four steps separated by green grass strips.[27]

Other notes


Lakewood is home to a large number of high rises. While there are high rises throughout the city, most are concentrated in Gold Coast and in downtown Lakewood.

Gold Coast

  • Winton Place Condos
  • Carlyle Condominiums on the Lake
  • The Meridian
  • The Waterford Condos
  • Marine Towers West
  • Marine Towers East
  • Imperial House

Backyard of The Berkshire
  • The Envoy
  • Twelve Thousand Edgewater
  • The Shoreham Apartments
  • Edgewater Towers
  • Lake House Condominiums
  • The Berkshire Condominiums
  • Lake Shore Towers
Lake Shore Towers on Edgewater Drive in Lakewood

Downtown Lakewood

Other high rises

Neighborhoods and districts

A residential street in Lakewood


Notable people


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