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80 Apartments for rent in Lakewood, WA

Last updated March 17 at 5:03am UTC
7907 52nd Ave Ct W
North Lakewood
Lakewood, WA
Updated March 15 at 10:54am UTC
3 Bedrooms
7909 88th St Ct SW
Central Lakes
Lakewood, WA
Updated March 15 at 10:51am UTC
5 Bedrooms
8715 115th St Ct SW
Central Lakes
Lakewood, WA
Updated March 15 at 9:45am UTC
3 Bedrooms
5227 104th Street Southwest
Lakewood, WA
Updated March 14 at 11:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Results within 1 miles of Lakewood, WA
7223 S Prospect St
South Tacoma
Tacoma, WA
Updated March 15 at 10:48am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Results within 5 miles of Lakewood, WA
3722 South 11th St
Central Tacoma
Tacoma, WA
Updated March 17 at 4:11am UTC
2 Bedrooms
5906 South Cushman Ct
South End
Tacoma, WA
Updated March 17 at 4:11am UTC
1501 Tacoma Ave S - Hebert - 502
New Tacoma
Tacoma, WA
Updated March 17 at 4:10am UTC
2 Bedrooms
3218 S 9th St
Central Tacoma
Tacoma, WA
Updated March 17 at 2:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
North Skyview Place
West End
Tacoma, WA
Updated March 16 at 7:27am UTC
2 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Lakewood, which is actually on a Sound

At ease, soldiers, and welcome to your Lakewood, Washington apartment hunting headquarters! Situated in suburban Tacoma about 30 miles south of Seattle, Lakewood is a thriving city of its own that lays claim to some of the Puget Sound area’s most attractive and affordable apartments. Sound like a place you’d like to call home? Sure it does! But before you pack up shop and head to the Pacific Northwest in search of your dream pad, there are a few things you should know about life in Lakewood to make your search for the perfect apartment as seamless as possible…

There’s lots of saluting here.

One of the most notable facts of life in Lakewood is that the city is home to approximately 40,000 uniformed military personnel (the total population is only 57,000), most of whom are employed at one of the city’s two biggest employers, Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. The bases combine to pump more than 2 billion greenbacks a year into the local economy. Unsurprisingly, many neighborhoods are inhabited largely by military personnel, making Lakewood one of the most uniquely American cities you’ll find anywhere.

Before you go jumping to conclusions, though, know that the military bases aren’t the only breadwinners for tenants. Lakewood is also home to numerous retail and hospitality destinations as well as the largest mental health facility in the western United States. Because the city is located in such close proximity to Tacoma and Seattle, meanwhile, apartment dwellers should have no problem landing a job with enough cash flow to pay both the rent and save a buck or two in the process for all those breathtaking mountain vacations you’ll be planning.

That brings us to one of the major high points to living in Lakewood: the city’s moderate climate, which rarely dips below 40 or climbs above 80. With Mother Nature smiling so kindly on the city, outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy the various parks, trails, natural preserves, and lakes that the city boasts year-round. Washington has been increasing in popularity for quite a while, and its scenic wonders are no small part of that equation.

Military Discount?

Lakewood is one of those rare cities where renters actually outnumber homeowners (by roughly 5 percent). Obviously, there are a whole slew of apartments to choose from in Lakewood, ranging from modest studios and 1BR units that barely cost $500 all the way up to sprawling 3BR family pads that cover 1100-plus square feet and cost $2000 or more. Landlords in Lakewood often have drastically different policies regarding lease durations, pets, roommates, smoking, etc., so do some preliminary research about a possible apartment complex before scheduling a visit.

Because Lakewood is home to a large number of transient renters who are in town for temporary assignments only, you’ll find a large cluster of apartments just north and west of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Pierce College, and along Steilacoom Blvd. and Military Road. Many of these complexes are inhabited largely by military personnel, but some civilians (many of whom feel safest, for obvious reasons, in such locations) live there as well. Many properties near base offer month-to-month as well as long-term leasing options, and you can almost always find a handful of move-in specials throughout the year, so scour the listings thoroughly to find the best deal for you.

Since apartments often turn over quickly in many cases, tenants should take extra care to inspect their new place for leaks, cracks, and other flaws before moving in, as landlords sometimes miss a blemish that the previous tenant left behind. As for renting credentials, you won’t need to jump through many hoops to score a place in Lakewood. Just bring along a list of previous residences/references, proof of income, and a blank check to buck up for the meager security deposit you might have to pay, and you’ll be kicking off your army boots and starting work on that peach soufflé you’ve been planning in no time.

“Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do …?”

Anyone who watches the reality show Cops regularly knows the name Lakewood, since the city’s been the focus of the show multiple times over the years. As you can probably guess, there are a few red-flag zones in the city that you should probably avoid. Generally, the neighborhoods near the city center and Lakeview all the way down to the Tillicum area can be dicey, while the more family-friendly neighborhoods, many of which are extremely affluent, are clustered on the eastern half, around the military bases, and in the Lake City area.

Luckily, it’s easy to tell which parts of the city are a bit blighted: if you look around and see graffiti-covered buildings, littered streets, and broken windows, there’s a good chance you’re in an unsavory part of town. Of course, some people feel comfortable in neighborhoods that others would prefer to avoid, so don’t take our word for it. It’s usually best to look around for yourself and see which area suits you – odds are good it won’t take long!

King of the Road

For a relatively small city, Lakewood has a more than adequate public transportation system. The Pierce (bus), Sound (bus and rail), and Intercity (bus) Transits combine to make numerous stops throughout Lakewood and its surrounding communities and also offer express service to Seattle and light rail service to Tacoma. 32 park-and-ride lots are situated beside the city’s transit centers, making riding the bus to and fro a feasible option for pretty much any budget-minded commuter. Still, we wouldn’t recommend relying entirely on public transportation; because Lakewood is so sprawling and not exactly walker-friendly in many parts, you’ll probably need your own vehicle at times if you want to work, shop, and play conveniently – which you clearly will, because everyone likes having fun.

Lakewood has what ails ya’.

And there you have it, folks. Looking for a sweet apartment in Lakewood, whether you’re there for two-month training or to put down some roots in America’s favorite military town, is a simple and affordable feat. Life here may revolve around one thing, but you can be sure that there’s plenty of other fun stuff – like the breathtaking natural wonders of Washington itself, for example – to keep you busy and thoroughly inspired during your stay. Welcome to Lakewood!

Rent Report

March 2018 Lakewood Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2018 Lakewood Rent Report. Lakewood rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Lakewood rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Lakewood rents declined marginally over the past month

Lakewood rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, but have increased significantly by 5.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Lakewood stand at $1,120 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,400 for a two-bedroom. Lakewood's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.5%, as well as the national average of 2.3%.

Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Lakewood, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Seattle metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Bellevue has the most expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,250; the city has also seen rent growth of 1.2% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
  • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,400; rents fell 0.1% over the past month but rose 5.5% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Lakewood

As rents have increased significantly in Lakewood, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Lakewood is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with Washington as a whole logging rent growth of 3.5% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 5.7% in Vancouver and 4.3% in Spokane.
  • Lakewood's median two-bedroom rent of $1,400 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.3% over the past year compared to the 5.5% increase in Lakewood.
  • While Lakewood's rents rose significantly over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.1%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Lakewood than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $890, where Lakewood is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Seattle $1,320 $1,640 0.9% 2.1%
Tacoma $1,230 $1,530 1.0% 5.4%
Bellevue $1,810 $2,250 1.2% 1.6%
Everett $1,300 $1,620 0.1% 3.7%
Kent $1,410 $1,760 0.4% 5.8%
Renton $1,600 $2,000 0.7% 3.0%
Federal Way $1,360 $1,700 0.5% 6.5%
Auburn $1,320 $1,640 0.3% 3.9%
Marysville $1,370 $1,700 -0.4% 2.5%
Lakewood $1,120 $1,400 -0.1% 5.5%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.