Lakewood is a midsized city in the southeast of Los Angeles County. It borders Orange County
(specifically Cypress) in the east, Long Beach
in the south and west, and Bellflower
in the north. Lakewood is an Orange-County-esque, pre-planned insta-suburb with a well-organized street layout, aesthetically pleasing public spaces, and a prevalence of owner-occupied, single-family housing units. The city’s successful development in the 1950’s is frequently referenced as an influential model for the suburban planning style that has since swept through the Southern California area.
Public education in Lakewood is somewhat confusingly organized, with different swaths of the community attending schools in the Long Beach, Paramount
, Bellflower, and ABC Unified School Districts. That aside, residents generally celebrate Lakewood for being solidly clean, safe, and community-oriented. Lakewood is more or less circumscribed by the 605, 405, 710, and 91 freeways, granting residents reasonable access to most of Los Angeles and Orange Counties for the purposes of commuting, day-tripping, or whatever else they might want to get into.