Lakewood is Colorado’s fifth largest city, ideally located on the west side of the Denver metroplex and nestled up to the spectacular Rocky Mountains. The population is diverse and growing, attracted by more than 75,000 jobs and a deep selection of housing choices from urban lifestyle flats along the light rail to expansive, large lot executive homes. Lakewood proudly maintains a council/manager form of government. Citizens elect a City Council consisting of a Mayor, elected at-large, and 10 City Council members, two each from the city’s five geographical wards. The mayor and the council members assert the policies for the operation of the city government.
Lakewood is the largest city in Jefferson County, a hub for new energy and technology companies and organizations. Our city enjoys more than 150,000 residents and covers 44 square miles. Surrounded by several leading universities and research facilities, Lakewood has one of the most highly educated workforces in the country, with 36 percent of our residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Lakewood is home to the Denver Federal Center with 26 different Federal agencies and 8,000 employees on-site, making it the largest concentration of Federal agencies outside of Washington, D.C. Our city has dedicated more than 7,000 acres to parks and open space, with more than 100 miles of hiking and biking trails. A State Certified 40West Arts District is here. The thoughtful planning and inclusive spirit of Lakewood has led to our being awarded the prestigious national All-America City Award in both 2016 and 2011.