Lakewood Ohio, the second largest of Cleveland's suburbs, is a diverse community of around 57,000 residents. With its combination of high-rise apartment and condo buildings, single family homes, and doubles, the city is the most densely populated town between New York and Chicago.
Lakewood is also home to dozens of restaurants, churches, parks, and art galleries.
According to the 2010 census, there are 52,131 residents in Lakewood. Approximately 88% of the population is white, with 6% African-American and 4% Hispanic. A minority of the population is married (30%) and the median age is 35 years old. The median household income is $42,602.
Lakewood is a very diverse community with a sizable gay population, many families with small children, and a large number of young professionals.
Districts within Lakewood
Lakewood has several distinct neighborhoods. Among these are:
- Gold Coast
- Clifton Park
- Clifton Boulevard
Lakewood offers a wealth of unique shopping. Madison Avenue is lined with used furniture and antique dealers. In addition, downtown Lakewood (on Detroit Ave.) has a vibrant shopping district, with shops such as Pavilion (home decor), In Your Yard (garden ornaments), Hixson's (holiday and gift items), and Joann Fabrics.
Lakewood is known for its scores of restaurants -- everything from a corner bar to an elegant lakeside eatery. Among the best are:
- Pier W
- Melt Bar and Grilled
- Around the Corner
- Winking Lizard Lakewood
Lakewood hosts a variety of annual events, including the annual Lakewood Art Fair, held each August, the 4th of July celebration at Lakewood Park, and the summer weekly Lakewood Farmers' Market.
Arts & Culture in Lakewood
Lakewood is home to the Beck Center for the Arts, which hosts a regular schedule of theater productions as well as visual art displays. The city also boasts a number of art galleries and antique stores.
The Lakewood City School system consists of six elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school, and a technical training school. In addition, Lakewood is home to St. Edward's High School, a well-regarded, private, Catholic school for boys in grades 9-12.
Lakewood has 69 parks within its city limits and abuts the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Among the many facilities are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, baseball fields, and the Winterhurst Ice Rink.