Lakewood is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States.
Sometimes called “an instant city” because of its origins—going from lima bean fields in 1950 to a well-developed city by 1960—Lakewood is, along with Levittown, New York, the archetypal post-World War II American suburb.
Lakewood is credited as a pioneer among California cities in services provision. Although it is an incorporated city, Lakewood contracts for most municipal services, with most of these provided by Los Angeles County and, to a lesser extent, by other public agencies and private industry. Many other Los Angeles suburbs, such as Cerritos and Diamond Bar, have adopted the “Lakewood Plan.”
Lakewood is the home of the first Denny’s Restaurant. In 1953 Harold Butler founded Danny’s Donuts, which was renamed Denny’s Restaurant in 1959.
Lakewood was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportstown USA” in 2005 for the State of California.
The city is served by four school districts. Several citizens created a group called “The Lakewood Unified School District Organizing Committee ,” which aims to establish a “Lakewood Unified School District”.