Called "Lakewood" since the turn of the 20th Century, the name was changed after the Pierce County community of a similar name incorporated into the City of Lakewood in 1996. This soon created confusion with mail service, as there were now two communities sharing the name. To alleviate this problem, the United States Postal Service granted the Pierce County community the rights to use "Lakewood, Washington", since it was now an incorporated city, and changed the Snohomish County community's name to "North Lakewood", which was unincorporated at the time. This allowed the Snohomish County community to keep its Post Office. Since 2005, the portion of North Lakewood located inside the urban growth boundary has been part of the City of Marysville.
Lakewood Crossing (also called LXM) is a new shopping center located west of Interstate 5 and south of State Route 531 (172nd Street NE). It is located on Twin Lakes Avenue, 27th Avenue NE, and 169th Place NE. Some of the businesses include: Asiana Bistro, Best Buy (opening May 5, 2007), Circuit City, Costco (opened September 21, 2006), Desert Sun, Discount Tire, La-Z-Boy, Linens N Things, Michael's, Office Depot, Petco, Red Robin (opened February 12, 2007), Sleep Country USA, Starbucks, Taco Bell (opened April 24, 2007), and Target (opened October 8, 2006). Boston's Gourmet Pizza. Five Guys Burgers. Verizon Wireless. AT&T. BECU. Mongolian Grill. Ihop. Pizza Hut.
North Lakewood has one major road, Lakewood Road, which is also called 172nd Street and State Route 531. SR 531 runs from Wenberg State Park on the shores of Lake Goodwin to the west to the junction at State Route 9 to the east. Interstate 5 bisects this highway.
Here is a list of major streets that go through Lakewood:
Lakewood has many houses. There are large farms, and small suburban homes. Many people live in the Seven Lakes area, Forty-Five Road, Lakewood Commons, Caroll's Creek Landing, and housing near Lakewood Crossing.