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Overview

Introduction to Fort Pierce, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida, in St Lucie county, is 10 miles N of Port St. Lucie, Florida (center to center) and 116 miles N of Miami, Florida. The city is located in Florida's Treasure Coast and is one of the oldest communities situated along Florida's East Coast. Fort Pierce was damaged by Hurricane Frances and Jeanne in 2004 and Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

The city has an ethnically diverse population. The beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean are nearby. Ranching and citrus are significant factors for the economy. Fort Pierce has a rural ambiance.

Fort Pierce History

During the second Seminole War which began in 1835 the United States Army constructed military posts all over Florida. Lt. Col. Kendrick Pierce and his troops constructed a fort which was named in tribute to Pierce. They abandoned the fort when the war was over in 1842. Later, Dr. Weeden was the proprietor of the structures and they served as temporary residences for new settlers. However, a fire destroyed all of the structures.

Fort Pierce Attractions

  • Heathcote Botanical Gardens has a wide variety of garden settings.
  • Historic Main Street.
  • Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.
  • St. Lucie County Historical Museum showcases Spanish Treasures.
  • Old Fort Pierce Park is situated along the Indian River and features an ancient Ais Indian burial mound.
  • Fort Pierce is home to a Jai-Alai center.
  • The Cobb Building is a noteworthy historic structure.
  • Old City Hall is an impressive building.
  • Backus Gallery.

Fort Pierce Activities

The Fort Pierce Inlet State Recreation Area incldudes sand dunes and is a notable location for swimming, fishing, picnicking, bicycle riding and hiking. Savannahs State Park has campsites, a petting zoo and botanical gardens. The Gulf Stream and the Indian River Lagoon are well known for fishing. The Oxbow Eco-Center, located in the county, offers visitors educational hiking and canoe tours. The nearby Manatee Observation & Education Center provides opportunities to see the Florida Manatee.

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystem Exhibit is nearby. North and South Hutchinson Island features some of the excellent beaches located on the Treasure Coast. Horseback riding is allowed on these beaches. The Indian Hills Golf Course is enjoyed by golfing enthusiasts. The area features numerous quality golf courses. The popular tourist destinations in Orlando are about two hours away.

Fort Pierce Transportation

Air travel is available at the close by Palm Beach International Airport.

Fort Pierce Higher Education

Residents have opportunities for higher education at the Indian River Community College.

People

Total Population 43,267
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 14,602
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 35.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.1%
Median Earnings25+ $23,057
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,130
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,316

Wealth

Median Family Income $31,239
% Above Poverty Level 63.4%
% Below Poverty Level 36.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $786
Median House Value $85,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.4%
Irish 5.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Pierce Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles N of Port St. Lucie, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 116 miles N of Miami, Florida
County St Lucie
Metro Area Fort Pierce - Port Saint Lucie
Standard Zip Codes 34945, 34946, 34947, 34949, 34950, 34951, 34952, 34953, 34981, 34982, 34983, 34984, 34986, 34987
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34948, 34954, 34979, 34985, 34988
Phone Area Codes 772
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.446
Longitude -80.325

Fort Pierce Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station FORT PIERCE
Distance 2 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
Station VERO BEACH MUNI ARPT
Distance 15.1 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
Station VERO BEACH 4 W
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 73 F
Apr Temp 60 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 66 to 84 F
Annual Precip 55.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fort Pierce, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hutchinson Island (34949)

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 Population Median Family Income
Indian River Shores 4,026 $161,500
Orchid 374 $250
Port St. Lucie 172,054 $55,285
Stuart 16,037 $52,889
Vero Beach 15,788 $68,617

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Pierce Public Libraries

Library
St. Lucie County Library System
101 MELODY LANE
Fort Pierce, Florida
(772) 462-1615
Library Web Site

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Fort Pierce Hospitals

LAWNWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1700 S 23RD STREET
(772) 461-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Pierce High Schools

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FORT PIERCE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
1101 EDWAROADS ROAD
561-468-5888
Serves 1,916 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY
1806 AVENUE I
772-468-5474
Serves 1,841 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

FORT PIERCE WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
1801 PANTHER LANE
772-468-5400
A Title I School.
Serves 1,612 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

SECONDARY ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION SCH
R805 PANTHER LANE
772-429-1231
A Non-traditional School
Serves 153 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

PERFORMANCE BASED DIPLOMA PROG
1101 EDWAROADS ROAD
772-468-5880
A Non-traditional School
Serves 151 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.2

DALE CASSENS EDUCATIONAL CENTER
1905 S 11TH STREET
772-468-5190
A Special Education School
A Title I School.
Serves 124 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

ST. LUCIE DETENTION CENTER
1301 BELL AVENUE
772-468-3940
A Non-traditional School
Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

ELEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE ED PROG
2102 AVENUE Q
772-468-5345
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 52 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.4

TREASURE COAST - PACE
309 S 7TH STREET
772-595-8880
A Non-traditional School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

ANGLEWOOD CENTER
1809 PANTHER LANE
772-468-5251
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 38 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

DATA HOUSE
4590 SELVITZ ROAD
772-464-7575
Serves 18 students.

HOMEBOUND PROGRAM
1901 S 11TH STREET
772-468-5394
A Special Education School
Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

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Fort Pierce landing. between 1880 and 1897
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