The Lakewood Public Schools - 1984: A Compilation of Histories

Population / Enrollment

Student Enrollments

The population of the City of Lakewood grew from 2,500 in the year 1903 to 15,181 in the year 1910. The maximum growth was 70,509 in the year 1930.

In the next four decades (1930 to 1970) the population of Lakewood remained stable, between 65,000 to 70,000.

There has been a significant drop in the past decade (1970 to 1980); to 61,115 in the year 1980.

By contrast, the Lakewood Public Schools' enrollments have increased and decreased twice during the years from 1913 to 1980:

The increase in student enrollment up to 1930 was due to Lakewood's popularity as a residential suburb.

The decrease in enrollment from 1930 to 1950 was the result of the decreased birth rate caused by the economic depression and World War II.

The increase in student enrollment from 1950 to 1970 was caused by the post-war "baby boom".

The decreasing number of students in the decade between 1970 and 1980 reflects the social unrest of the 1960s and the economic problems of the 1970s. For many reasons fewer children were born.

Year Population
City of Lakewood
Student Enrollment
Lakewood Public Schools
1910 15,181  
1913   3,739
1930 70,509 11,055 (11,189 in 1929)
1950 68,072 6,595
1970 70,173 10,728
1980 61,115 8,363
Lakewood Public School Enrollments:

1913 - 3,739
1914 - 4,083
1915 - 4,458
1916 - 5,226
1917 - 6,049
1918 - 6,198
1919 - 6,510
1920 - 7,239
1921 - 7,863
1922 - 8,727
1923 - 9,546
1924 - 9,746
1925 - 10,272
1926 - 10,829
1927 - 10,472
1928 - 10,851
1929 - 11,189
1930 - 11,055
1931 - 11,017
1932 - 10,966
1933 - 10,729
1934 - 10,666
1935 - 10,310
1936 - 10,033
1937 - 9,653
1938 - 9,357
1939 - 8,996
1940 - 8,518
1941 - 8,204
1942 - 7,919
1943 - 7,656
1944 - 7,352
1945 - 7,211
1946 - 7,189
1947 - 7,047
1948 - 6,915
1949 - 6,680
1950 - 6,595
1951 - 6,683
1952 - 6,857
1953 - 6,871
1954 - 7,183
1955 - 7,433
1956 - 7,501
1957 - 7,822
1958 - 7,970
1959 - 8,121
1960 - 8,270
1961 - 8,470
1962 - 8,782
1963 - 9,007
1964 - 9,379
1965- 9,608
1966 - 9,781
1967 - 9,948
1968 - 10,405
1969 - 10,626
1970 - 10,728
1971 - 10,712
1972 - 10,663
1973 - 10,478
1974 - 10,372
1975 - 10,172
1976 - 9,762
1977 - 9,293
1978 - 8,875
1979 - 8,466
1980 - 8,363
1981 - 8,167

The City of Lakewood population and Lakewood Public School enrollment statistics from 1910 to 1981.