The City of Lakewood is a code city with a council-manager form of government. The City Council appoints a full-time, professional city manager to oversee the administrative and operational functions of the City and to implement council policy.
With about 60,000 residents and eleven hundred businesses, Lakewood is the 17th largest city in Washington and the second largest in Pierce County. Conveniently located between Seattle and Olympia, Lakewood is an ideal place to shop or lodge while visiting local destinations such as Mount Rainier or Chambers Bay. Lakewood is surrounded by the beautiful lakes and scenery of northwest Washington including bountiful views of Mt. Rainier. Lakewood is just minutes from the Puget Sound and a short drive to Seattle and the Sea-Tac International Airport. Lakewood takes pride in serving as the “host community” to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (the largest military installation in the western United States) and Camp Murray, the headquarters of the Washington National Guard and the State’s Emergency Management headquarters. Many active, reserve, and retired military servicemembers call Lakewood home. We are also home to many popular tourist attractions such as Lakewold Gardens, Thornewood Castle, Fort Steilacoom Park, American Lake Park, and the Lakewood Game Refuge. Furthermore, Lakewood is blessed with great educational opportunities, a strong business district, and numerous recreational opportunities; Lakewood is the place to be!
Originally settled in 1849 by the United States Army, Lakewood matured over the twentieth century into a bustling urban area south of Tacoma and incorporated in 1996. Please visit Lakewood’s history page to learn more about Lakewood's colorful history.