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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:

Area - 44.7 Square Miles.
Population - 144,000 people

The city of Lakewood, Colorado, located just west of Denver, is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The community is served by five major highways, including Interstate 70, Colorado 470, and U.S. Highway 6, which provide a direct route to Denver, Boulder and the mountains. Lakewood has over 1200 acres and 85 sites of City-owned formally developed and undeveloped parkland.

The people who live and work in the Lakewood area have an abundance of recreational opportunities year round. Our location puts us within minutes of the mountains to the west, the City of Denver to the east and the City of Boulder to the north.

In winter, the Rockies offer skiing in its most challenging forms. In less than an hour and a half, you can be at world renowned downhill ski areas. Cross country skiers may choose to try their skills at these areas as well, but cross country skiing is available nearby.

In summer, the mountains offer fishing, backpacking, and camping in glorious settings that rival any scenery in the world. Trails through Roosevelt and Arapahoe National Forests provide days of peace and quiet in which to discover the magnificence of the Rockies.

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DEMOGRAPHICS:

  
 Population 144,126
Square Miles  44.696 
Density 3,225 persons/mile 
 
Male  71,141 49.4%
Female 72,985 50.6%
AGE 
Under 5 years 8,740  6.1%
5 to 9 years  8,843 6.1%
10 to 14 years  9,055 6.3%
15 to 19 years 9,006  6.2%
20 to 24 years  10,290  7.1%
25 to 34 years  22,577  15.7%
35 to 44 years 24,186 16.8%
45 to 54 years 20,461 14.2%
55 to 59 years 7,562  5.2%
60 to 64 years  5,996  4.2%
65 to 74 years 9,313  6.5%
75 to 84 years 5,995 4.2%
85 years + 2,102  1.5%
 Median age 36.5 
Under 18 years 32,042 22.2%
18 years + 112,084  77.8%
21 years + 106,545 73.9%
62 years + 20,893  14.5%
65 years + 17,410 12.1%
RACE
White 125,611 87.2%
Black  2,128  1.5%
American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut 1,599  1.1%
Asian and Pacific Islander 4,035  2.8%
Other Race 7,028  4.9%
Two or more races  3,725 2.6%
Hispanic Origin (all races) 20,949 14.5%
Median Household Income  $42,121 (1999 CACI estimate) 
RELATIONSHIP
Total population 144,126 100%
In households  140,326 97.4%
Householder  60,531 42%
Spouse  27,294  18.9%
Child  36,663 25.4%
Own child under 18 years 29,136  20.2%
Other relatives  6,019  4.2%
Under 18 years  2,033  1.4%
Nonrelatives  9,819 6.8%
Unmarried partner 3,678  2.6%
In group quarters 3,800 2.6%
Institutionalized population  2,721  1.9%
Noninstitutionalized population  1,079  0.7%
HOUSEHOLDS BY TYPE   
Total households 60,531 100%
Family households 36,474 60.3%
With own children under 18 years 16,556 27.4%
Married-couple family  27,294 45.1%
With own children under 18 years  11,055 18.3%
Female householder, no husband present 6,522  10.8%
With own children under 18 years  4,091  6.8%
Nonfamily households  24,057 39.7%
Householder living alone 18,585  30.7%
Householder 65 years and over  4,720  7.8%
Households with individuals under 18 years  17,958  29.7%
Households with individuals 65 years + 11,870 19.6%
Average household size  2.32 
Average family size 2.92 
HOUSING OCCUPANCY  
Total housing units  62,422 100%
Occupied housing units  60,531 97%
Vacant housing units 1,891  3%
For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use  217  0.3%
Homeowner vacancy rate 0.7%
Rental vacancy rate 3.6 %
HOUSING TENURE   
Occupied housing units  60,531  100%
Owner-occupied housing units 36,851 60.9%
Renter-occupied housing units  23,680  39.1%
Average household size of owner-occupied unit  2.41
Average household size of renter-occupied unit  2.17 

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CITY OF LAKEWOOD WEBSITE: http://www.ci.lakewood.co.us/

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HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY

Jefferson County took the name of the third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson, master statesman, architect and writer.

Thomas Jefferson
The need for an organized local government began in the late 1850s when droves of gold-seeking settlers came West. In 1858, when gold was discovered in the Rocky Mountains, there were fewer than 200 settlers in the area. An influx of nearly 35,000 people arrived two years later, lured by the glitter of gold. The county was formally organized in 1861 by the Colorado Territorial Legislature.

The history of Jefferson County is rich in Western lore. The county was home to the original capital of the Colorado Territory and boasted gold diggers, cowboys and villains among its residents.

The Pikes Peak Gold Rush of the late 1850s brought the first flock of settlers to the county. Reports of gold in the streams along the Front Range enticed prospectors to the area, and soon after coal was discovered near Coal Creek. By 1859, enough people lived in the area to merit the establishment of Golden City as well as other long-vanished towns, such as Arapahoe City and Golden Gate City.

In 1861, President James Buchanan signed a bill creating the Territory of Colorado. The territory had 17 counties, including Jefferson County, and Golden City was the capital.

In the next 20 years, the county became home to the first railroad in Colorado as well as to Coors Brewing Co. and the Colorado School of Mines. Traces of the Wild West lingered, however. After being released from jail, alleged cannibal Alferd Packer settled in a cave here, and legendary Western showman Buffalo Bill made the county his final resting place.

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SCHOOLS:

Elementary: Address Web Site
Bear Creek School (K-8) 3125 S Kipling Street
Lakewood 80227
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/bearcreek/
Belmar Elementary

885 S Garrison Street
Lakewood 80226
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/belmar/
Deane Elementary

580 S Harlan Street
Lakewood 80226
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/deane/
Devinny Elementary

1725 S Wright Street
Lakewood 80228
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/devinny/
Eiber Elementary

1385 Independence Street
Lakewood 80215
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/eiber/
Foothills Elementary 13165 W Ohio Avenue
Lakewood 80228
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/foothills/
Glennon Heights Elementary
11025 W Glennon Drive
Lakewood 80226
 
Green Gables Elementary

8701 W Woodard Drive
Lakewod 80227
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/greengables/
Green Mountain Elementary  12250 W Kentucky Drive
Lakewood 80228
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/greenmtn/index.htm
Hutchinson Elementary

12900 W Utah Avenue
Lakewood 80228
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/hutchinson/
Kendrick Lakes Elementary 1350 S Hoyt Street
Lakewood 80232
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/kenlakes/
Lasley Elementary 1401 S Kendall Street
Lakewood 80232
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/lasley/index.htm
Molholm Elementary 6000 W 9th Avenue
Lakewood 80214
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/molholm/
Patterson Elementary 1263 S Dudley Street
Lakewood 80232
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/patterson/
Rooney Ranch Elementary

2200 S Coors Street
lakewood 80228
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/rooney/rooney.html
Slater Elementary

8605 W 23rd Ave
Lakewood 80215
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/slater/
South Lakewood Elementary

8425 W 1st Avenue
Lakewood 80226
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/slakewood/
Stein Elementary
80 S Teller Street
Lakewood 80226
 
Stober Elementary

2300 Urban Street
Lakewood 80215
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/stober/
Vivian Elementary

10500 W 25th Avenue
Lakewood 80215
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/vivian/
Westgate Elementary

8550 W Vassar Drive
Lakewood 80227
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/elem/westgate/index.html
Middle Schools Address Web Site
Carmody Middle

2050 S Kipling Street
Lakewood 80227
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/middle/carmody/
Creighton Middle

75 Independence Street
Lakewood 80226
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/middle/creighton/
Dunstan Middle

1855 S Wright Street
Lakewood 80228
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/middle/dunstan/
O'Connell Middle

1275 S Teller Place
Lakewood 80232
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/middle/oconnell/
High Schools Address Web Site
Alameda 1255 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood 80232
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/high/alameda/
Bear Creek 3490 S Kipling Street
Lakewood 80227
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/high/bearcreek/
Green Mountain 13175 W Green Mountain Dr
Lakewood 80228
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/high/gmhs/
Lakewood 9700 W 8th Avenue
Lakewood 80215
http://204.98.27.1/

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LOCAL COLLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WITHIN COMMUTING DISTANCE FROM LAKEWOOD:

University/College
City
Phone
Arapahoe Community College
Littleton 303-797-5900
Colorado School of Mines
Golden 303-273-3000
Colorado School of Trades Lakewood 800-233-4697
Community College of Aurora Aurora 303-360-4700
Community College of Denver
Denver 303-556-2600
Colorado Univ. Health Sciences Center
Denver 303-839-6740
Front Range Community College Boulder 303-404-5550
Metropolitan State College Denver 303-556-3876
Red Rocks Community College
Golden 303-420-9550
Regis University
Denver 303-458-4100
University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder 303-492-1411
University of Colorado, Denver Denver 303-556-2400
University of Denver Denver

303-871-2000

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