Lakewood, Tennessee

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Lakewood is a city in Davidson County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,341 at the 2000 census.

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History

Originally incorporated as Dupontonia in 1959 (in reference to the DuPont rayon manufacturing facility located nearby), the city changed its name to Lakewood and reincorporated in 1961. In 1963, the governments of Davidson County and the City of Nashville merged to form a consolidated metropolitan government. Lakewood chose to remain autonomous. It operates its own city council and funds its own police department. In the past, Lakewood was known by many as a "speed trap" along State Route 45. This has been largely negated by the increasing professionalism of the current police department.[citation needed]

On August 5, 2010, voters within the city passed a referendum to dissolve the municipal charter and become part of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. The dissolution passed by one vote: 400 to 399.[3]

The city of Lakewood filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud in the referendum, including 13 people voting illegally and others not being allowed to vote because of irregularities. Several leaders of the group "Citizens to Reform Lakewood" were named in the lawsuit. A Davidson County Chancery Court Judge settled the litigation by ordering a new election, to be held March 15, 2011.[4]

Geography

Lakewood is located at 36°14′38″N 86°38′12″W / 36.24389°N 86.63667°W / 36.24389; -86.63667 (36.243802, -86.636624)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,341 people, 985 households, and 648 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,445.5 people per square mile (941.5/km²). There were 1,052 housing units at an average density of 1,099.0/sq mi (423.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.26% White, 2.95% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.

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