4 Communities in Lakewood
Lakewood is a city in Jefferson County, Colorado. It’s the fifth most populous city in the state and Denver is approximately 10 miles east. Retirees enjoy this city for the geography and all the outdoor activities it has to offer.
Climate & Geography
Lakewood has a semi-arid climate. The average annual high temperature is in the mid 60s and the average annual low temperature is in the mid 30s. The average annual precipitation is roughly 15 inches of rainfall.
Lakewood is located approximately 60 miles northwest of Colorado Springs. It lies on the western edge of the Great Plains east of the Southern Rocky Mountains. In the west-central part of the city is the Green Mountain. The South Platte River and its smaller tributaries flow east through the city.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
The overall geography of Lakewood offers its residents an assortment of outdoor activities. Active adults frequently explore Bear Creek Lake Park, William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park, Crown Hill Park, and Kendrick Lake Park. The Colorado Mills is a shopping center filled with all types of stores and restaurants. There is also a good amount of brewing companies scattered throughout the city. The larger city of Denver is near enough for residents to take a day trip and explore a wider variety of activities.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The median home cost is well above the national median. For pension and Social Security benefits, retirees ages 55 to 64 get a lower amount exemption and 65+ get a higher amount exemption. Military retirement benefits also abide by these regulations.
There are three highly ranked medical centers and hospitals located within five miles of Lakewood. They are OrthoColorado Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital-Lakewood, and SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center. OrthoColorado Hospital is ranked high performing in hip replacement and knee replacement. St. Anthony Hospital-Lakewood is regionally ranked and ranked high performing in three adult procedures and conditions. SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center is ranked high performing in heart failure and hip replacement.