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A brief description of Lakewood CO. Lakewood Colorado is a growing community located between Downtown Denver and the base of the beautiful Colorado Rockies. It is located close to several major highways and is only 5-15 minutes away from Downtown Denver. Skiing is very popular during the winter months and the closest ski resort (Loveland ski area) is a mere 45 minute drive. The economy in Lakewood is healthy and, along with the beautiful weather, attracts many people of diverse backgrounds.
Lakewood by the numbers. One of the larger suburbs of Denver, Lakewood boasts over 144,000 residents. It has a total area of 42.5 square miles. The average family size is 2.92 with a median income of $57,171. The average household size is 2.32, with 22% of the population under 18 and 12.1% over 65 years of age. The average age is 36 and the city tax rate is three percent. Lakewood is a diverse community with citizens of all ages, interests and backgrounds.
Lakewood school information. There are plenty of schools in Lakewood, but it pays to do some research before you choose one to send your kids to. Greatschools.net rates schools from 1-10, 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Out of 26 public elementary schools only 1, Dennison rated a 10. Five schools scored an 8 or 9, with an academic rating of high and 3 who scored a 7 were also given a rating of High. 10 rated Average with scores ranging from 3-7. 7 rated Low or Unsatisfactory. Of the 10 middle schools, Manning Options and Bear Creek rated Excellent. Two were High, 2 were Average, 2 were Low or Unsatisfactory and 2 were not rated. Of the 12 high schools, 5 were not rated. Lakewood, Green Mountain and Bear Creek rated a High and the other four who had ratings were given a Low. There is a wide variability in the Lakewood school system, so choose carefully.
Places to eat. There are several noteworthy local restaurants to visit in Lakewood Colorado. Casa Bonita is a surefire kid pleaser. The exciting live shows will entertain the entire family. We have to tell you the food is not the greatest, but the show more than makes up for it. White Fence Farm is another charming dining establishment in Lakewood. It boasts family style dinners at reasonable prices, and you’ll enjoy the “country in the city” rural grounds and old-timey gift shops. Simms Landing is an excellent restaurant specializing in both American and Caribbean cuisine. Great food and service keep the locals coming back!
Lakewood Colorado real estate details: If you’re thinking about purchasing Lakewood CO real estate, here are some details to get you started. All in all, there are usually over 1500 homes for sale (850 or so single family homes, and about 650 condos/townhomes.) The prices for single family residences average about $332K, and the average price for condominiums is approximately $152K. Prices can be as low as $47,500 (for a fixer-upper trailer or condo) and can go as high as $4,000,000.
In summary, Lakewood Colorado is a terrific community. It has a lot going for it and it attracts people of all walks of life. The great location and breathtaking scenery make it a wonderful place to live, work and visit.
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