City motto: Tomorrow's City Today
Location: Lakewood is located in Los Angeles County, about 23 miles southeast of the city of Los Angeles and north of the city of Long Beach.
Residences: 27,000 (72% owner-occupied)
Total area: 9.5 square miles
Incorporated: April 16, 1954
Local government: Five-member city council elected at-large
Water service: The city supplies water service for Lakewood residents west of the San Gabriel River; service east of the river is supplied by the Southern California Water Company.
Schools: ABC, Bellflower, Long Beach and Paramount school districts; California State University in Long Beach, Long Beach City College, Cerritos Community College
Libraries: Two libraries in the Los Angeles County Library System
Parks: Ten parks, two public swimming pools, three community service centers, the Lakewood Youth Center, Lakewood Equestrian Center, and Lakewood Community Gardens
Business: 3,600 business license holders
Labor force: 41,000 persons
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