Profile of Lakewood

Auto and Driver Licensing

Out of state residents must register their vehicle within 30 days of becoming a Washington state resident and pass a vehicle emissions test by the Washington State Patrol. The Lakewood Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Agency is located at 10102-A Bristol Avenue SW, (253) 588-7786.

Out-of-state residents and new drivers can apply for their driver’s license at the 27th St. DOL office in University Place, (253) 534-3218 or at the South Yakima Avenue in Tacoma, (253) 593-2990.

 

Churches

There are over 60 local churches of many denominations in Lakewood. Look under church listings in this directory, or refer to the local telephone directory.

 

Climate

Our seasons are wonderfully moderate! Typical summer afternoon highs reach the low 80s, and daytime winter temperatures range in the 40s. Summer afternoon winds range from zero to fifteen miles per hour creating ideal sailing and boating weather. Winters can be rainy and windy, but not bitterly cold as associated with most northern states. Occasionally, we see some snowfall where our rooftops and trees are blanketed in winter splendor—but it generally melts before it accumulates to any depth with the exception of nearby Cascade and Olympic mountains—where excellent ski and winter sports conditions prevail. Approximately 75 percent of the area’s rainfall occurs in October through March. Record mean precipitation is 39.9 inches annually.

 

Economy

The most recent cost of living index figures report the county is 103.3 percent—with the US average of 100 percent.

 

Employment

Pierce County Job Service

The Washington State Employment Security Department has two main offices in Lakewood and Tacoma. For employment assistance, visit the Pierce County Job Service Center Lakewood Office, 10107 South Tacoma Way, Building A, Suite 2, or call (253) 589-6311. You can also visit or call the Pierce County Job Service Tacoma Office, 1305 Tacoma Avenue South. (253) 593-7300.

Pierce County WorkSource

A one-stop resource that lets businesses and individuals access employment services of many local providers with the click of a mouse. Regional and national resources are also available from this single Internet site. Finding the employment services you need is now as easy as turning on your computer. Go to www.go2worksource.com.

 

Fire and Life Safety

The mission of Lakewood Fire District 2 is to provide service to the community by preventing and minimizing loss of life, pain and suffering, and property loss or damage. The Department strives to deliver these services in a caring and professional manner with emphasis on customer service. The department has a Class 3 fire defense rating, insuring low insurance rates, and an average response time of five minutes. The district’s staff includes 123 full-time personnel, 21 of whom are certified paramedics. The district has five stations and their headquarters is located at 10928 Pacific Hwy. SW. For more information, call (253) 582-4600.

 

Government

The City of Lakewood became the eighth largest city in the state upon incorporation on February 28, 1996. The City has a Council-Manager form of government with an appointed City Manager and seven elected Council Members. City Council holds regular meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays and study sessions on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall located at 6000 Main St. SW. Call City Hall at (253) 589-2489 or the information line at (253) 512-2264.

 

Housing

The median value of a home in Lakewood averages $225,000. From small starter/retirement homes to grand mansions on the shores of our beautiful lakes and private country clubs, a wide range of homes are available to choose from. The average rental for a one-bedroom apartment is $575, two bedrooms around $675, and three bedrooms approximately $750. For information on renting or purchasing a home, refer to the realtors listed in this directory.

 

Law Enforcement

The Lakewood Police Department works collaboratively with a wide variety of governmental, community and neighborhood organizations to reduce crime and safety in our city. Since incorporation in 1996, crime in Lakewood has dropped 24 percent overall, with an astounding drop of 40 percent in violent crime. The city recently left a contract with a regional agency for police service to form a less expensive yet larger dedicated city police department. The result has been sustained crime reduction, improved services, and stronger community connections. The new department has already been recognized nationally and regionally for diversity outreach and community policing programs. Police youth outreach activities were an integral part the recognition provided by America’s Promise that Lakewood is one of the 100 best cities in America for youth. The Crime Free Business Task Force, developed through a partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, helps businesses to protect themselves from being victims of crime. This partnership has also been instrumental in pioneering best practices to reduce crime and improve the quality of service in rental housing, motels, and liquor establishments. The Lakewood Police Department has deep roots in Lakewood. They share in its progress and are proud to serve Lakewood and its citizens. “Of, For, About Community.” For non-emergency calls, (253) 798-4721.

 

Postal Service

The main post office, serving the residents and businesses of Lakewood is located at 5409 100th St. SW and open Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 p.m. For additional Information, call 1-800-275-8777.

 

Taxes

State Sales Tax is 8.8%. Lakewood has no B&O tax. No income tax in the state of Washington.

 

Transportation

Just north of the Lakewood, world-class port of Tacoma and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport provide easy access to the nation and the world. A regional rapid transit system will soon link Lakewood commuters as far north as Everett by the year 2011.

 

Voting Information

If you are a U.S. citizen, legal resident of Washington, and at least 18 years old, you are eligible to vote. Voters must register at least 30 days before the election and can do so at county courthouses, city offices, local libraries and schools. For more voting information, call the Pierce County Elections Department at (253) 798-7430.