Port St Lucie, Florida

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Port St Lucie, Florida

Introduction to Port St. Lucie, Florida

The Florida city of Port St. Lucie is located in St. Lucie County, about equidistant (approximately 120 miles) from Miami (to the south) and Orlando (to the northwest). The Florida Turnpike runs through the city, which is also near Interstate I-95 and U.S. Route 1. Port St. Lucie is home to the Treasure Coast campus of Florida Atlantic University.

The city's genesis traces back to 1958, when General Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mackle Co., allocated $50 million to develop a new community on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. Land marketing, sales, and development soon ensued, leading ultimately to the city's incorporation in 1961. A population boom followed years later, with the city's population more than tripling between 1980 and 1990. Today, the city has transitioned from a residential bedroom community to one of Florida's fastest growing and dynamic cities.

Port St. Lucie Attractions

Recreational opportunities are abundant in Port St. Lucie. The beach is only a short drive away, and water-related activities (fishing, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, sailing, etc.) can be enjoyed in numerous locations. Golf, tennis, skating, and other outdoor activities are available at many facilities and public parks. Port St. Lucie is home to the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Learning Center and also to the PGA Historical Center, home of the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame and the Probst Library, one of the world's premier collections of golf periodicals and memorabilia.

Art and culture are also prominent in St. Lucie County. Highly original artworks of famed Florida painter A.E. Backus are on display at the A.E. "Bean" Backus Gallery & Museum, located in nearby Fort Pierce. The St. Lucie County Historical Museum, also in Fort Pierce, chronicles the county's rich historical heritage. The Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the world's only museum dedicated exclusively to the elite warriors of Naval Special Warfare. Visitors and residents, young and old alike, can enjoy the Hallstrom Planetarium, located on the Indian River Community College campus in Fort Pierce.

Sports fans in Port St. Lucie can enjoy some of the best professional baseball in the state of Florida. Major League Baseball's New York Mets make the city their Spring Training headquarters. Port St. Lucie is also home to Minor League Baseball's St. Lucie Mets, a Class High-A affiliate of the New York team. Both teams play at newly renovated Tradition Field.

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Comparative Profile of Port St Lucie, Florida

Comparing Port St Lucie to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 6
Age of the Population 10 6
Racial Diversity 6 6
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 6
Well-Paid Single Men 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 6 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 8
People in Middle Class or Better 5 7
Median Family Income 4 6
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 4 4
Short Commute Times 4 3
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Public Transportation Use 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 4
Affordability of Rents 4 3
People Living Alone 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 7 7
Low Violent Crime 7 8

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Port St Lucie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 105 miles N of Miami, Florida
County St Lucie
Metro Area Fort Pierce - Port Saint Lucie
Standard Zip Codes 34952, 34953, 34983, 34984, 34986, 34987
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34985, 34988
Phone Area Codes 772
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.293
Longitude -80.35

Port St Lucie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station STUART 1 S
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 55 to 74 F
Apr Temp 64 to 81 F
Jul Temp 74 to 90 F
Oct Temp 70 to 85 F
Annual Precip 59.5 inches
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 51 to 74 F
Apr Temp 61 to 82 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 67 to 86 F
Annual Precip 53.5 inches
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 53 to 73 F
Apr Temp 62 to 81 F
Jul Temp 73 to 90 F
Oct Temp 69 to 84 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches
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Port St Lucie Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 88,769 100%
Male 43,123 48.6%
Female 45,646 51.4%
Under 18 21,585 24.3%
18+ 67,184 75.7%
65+ 16,722 18.8%
Median Age 39.9
Average Family Size 2.94
White 78,011 87.9%
African-American 6,295 7.1%
Asian 1,101 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 200 0.2%
Other 1,570 1.8%
Mixed Race 1,561 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6,677 7.5%

Estimated Port St Lucie Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 131,692
Growth 42,923
Growth % 48.4%

Port St Lucie Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 15.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.7%
German 13.3%
Irish 12.9%
English 8.5%
US/American 7.9%
Polish 4%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
Jamaican 2.1%
French Canadian 1.6%
Scottish 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Russian 1.1%
Dutch 1.1%
Norwegian 1%
Swedish 1%
Hungarian 0.9%
Haitian 0.9%
Portuguese 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
African 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
West Indian 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Port St Lucie, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Saint Lucie West (34953, 34983, 34986, 34987, 34988)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Port St Lucie 88,769 $44,162
Fort Pierce 37,516 $29,458
Stuart 14,633 $40,701
Vero Beach 17,705 $50,260

Port St Lucie Hospitals

(772) 335-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Port St Lucie

(As of 2005)
900 SW St Lucie West Blvd

Wal-mart in Port St Lucie

(As of 2006)
10855 So. Us Hwy #1
(772) 335-8551
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Port St Lucie High Schools (2004)

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Serves 2,239 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

A Title I School.
Serves 2,134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

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