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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population43,883
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens17.1%
Employed Population 16+15,090
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married36.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.1%
Median Earnings25+$23,053
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,977
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,005

Wealth

Median Family Income$33,143
% Above Poverty Level64.5%
% Below Poverty Level35.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone35.3%
Median Gross Rent$812
Median House Value$89,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50%
West Indian8.5%
Haitian7%
Irish5.5%
English5.1%
Italian4.5%
French Except Basque1.2%
Polish1.2%
Jamaican1.1%
Dutch1%
Scottish0.5%
African0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
British0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Arab0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
German0.1%
South African0.1%
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Fort Pierce Almanac

CategoryValue
County St. Lucie County
Standard Zip Codes34945, 34946, 34947, 34950, 34951, 34981, 34982, 34949, 34952, 34984, 34953, 34983, 34986, 34987
P.O. Box Zip Codes34948, 34954, 34979, 34985, 34988
Phone Area Codes772
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude27.44
Approximate Longitude-80.56

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)

StationFORT PIERCE
Distance2 miles
Jan Temp51 to 74 F
Apr Temp61 to 82 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp67 to 86 F
Annual Precip53.5 inches
StationVERO BEACH MUNI ARPT
Distance15.1 miles
Jan Temp53 to 73 F
Apr Temp62 to 81 F
Jul Temp73 to 90 F
Oct Temp69 to 84 F
Annual Precip51.9 inches
StationVERO BEACH 4 W
Distance17.7 miles
Jan Temp50 to 73 F
Apr Temp60 to 81 F
Jul Temp71 to 90 F
Oct Temp66 to 84 F
Annual Precip55.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Indian River Shores4,082$158,092
Orchid360$214,250
Port St. Lucie175,652$55,992
Stuart16,204$52,983
Vero Beach16,070$56,926

Fort Pierce Public Libraries

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

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Fort Pierce Hospitals

Lawnwood Pavilion - Psychiatric Hospital
1860 N Lawnwood Cir
(772) 466-1500
New Horizons Of Treasure Coast - Mental Health Center
4500 W Midway Rd
(772) 468-5600
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart
(Proprietary)
1700 S 23rd St
(772) 468-4000

Fort Pierce Public Schools

Ewes-eckerd Leadership Program
8500 Orange Ave
ZIP: 34945
(727) 461-2990
Chester A. Moore Elementary School
827 N 29th St
ZIP: 34947
(772) 468-5315
Primary
Total Enrollment 701
Delaware Avenue School
2909 Delaware Ave
ZIP: 34947
(772) 468-5220
Fairlawn Elementary School
3203 Rhode Island Ave
ZIP: 34947
(772) 468-5345
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Fort Pierce Westwood High School
1801 Panther Ln
ZIP: 34947
(772) 468-5400
High
Total Enrollment 1410
Homebound Program
4204 Okeechobee Rd
ZIP: 34947
(772) 429-4570
Other
Total Enrollment 2
Performance Based Preparatory Academy
2909 Delaware Ave
ZIP: 34947
(772) 468-5194
High
Total Enrollment 192
Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8
2250 S Jenkins Rd
ZIP: 34947
(772) 462-8888
Primary
Total Enrollment 1238
St. Lucie County School Board-jail Program-ese
4204 Okeechobee Rd
ZIP: 34947
(772) 429-4580
High
Total Enrollment 15
St. Lucie Virtual Instruction (course Offerings)
4204 Okeechobee Rd
ZIP: 34947
(772) 429-3913
Other
St. Lucie Virtual Instruction Program
4204 Okeechobee Rd
ZIP: 34947
(772) 429-3913
Other
Total Enrollment 18
Dale Cassens Education Complex
1901 S 11th St
ZIP: 34950
(772) 468-5190
Other
Total Enrollment 266
Dan Mccarty Middle School
1201 Mississippi Ave
ZIP: 34950
(772) 468-5700
Middle
Total Enrollment 582
Fort Pierce Magnet School Of The Arts
1200 Delaware Ave
ZIP: 34950
(772) 467-4278
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Frances K. Sweet Elementary School
1400 Avenue Q
ZIP: 34950
(772) 468-5330
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
Garden City Early Learning Academy
2202 Avenue Q
ZIP: 34950
(772) 468-5277
Lawnwood Elementary School
1900 S 23rd St
ZIP: 34950
(772) 468-5740
Primary
Total Enrollment 734
Lincoln Park Academy
1806 Avenue I
ZIP: 34950
(772) 468-5474
Other
Total Enrollment 1826
Positive Expectations Academy
827 Sunrise Blvd
ZIP: 34950
(772) 466-0051
St. Lucie Elementary School
2020 S 13th St
ZIP: 34950
(772) 468-5213
Primary
Total Enrollment 746
Lakewood Park Elementary School
7800 Indrio Rd
ZIP: 34951
(772) 468-5830
Primary
Total Enrollment 697
Data House
4590 Selvitz Rd
ZIP: 34981
(772) 467-4020
Other
Total Enrollment 15
Forest Grove Middle School
3201 S 25th St
ZIP: 34981
(772) 468-5885
Middle
Total Enrollment 863
Fort Pierce Central High School
4101 S 25th St
ZIP: 34981
(772) 468-5888
High
Total Enrollment 2729
Pace Center For Girls, Treasure Coast
3651 Virginia Ave
ZIP: 34981
(772) 595-8880
Other
Total Enrollment 29
St. Lucie Detention Center
1301 Bell Ave
ZIP: 34982
(772) 468-5194
Other
Total Enrollment 44
Weatherbee Elementary School
800 E Weatherbee Rd
ZIP: 34982
(772) 468-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 677
White City Elementary School
905 W 2nd St
ZIP: 34982
(772) 468-5840
Primary
Total Enrollment 554

Fort Pierce Private Schools

Orange Avenue Baptist School
100 Cyclone Dr
ZIP: 34945
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
John Carroll High School
3402 Delaware Ave
ZIP: 34947
Secondary
Total Enrollment 411
St Anastasia Catholic School
401 S 33rd St
ZIP: 34947
Elementary
Total Enrollment 453
Positive Expectations Academy
309 S 7th St
ZIP: 34950
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
St Andrew's Episcopal Academy
210 S Indian River Dr
ZIP: 34950
Elementary
Total Enrollment 124
Golden Rule Academy
3891 Edwards Rd
ZIP: 34981
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 109
Jes Memorial Sda School
3201 Memory Ln
ZIP: 34981
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
Liberty Baptist Academy
3660 W Midway Rd
ZIP: 34981
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 418
Bethany School
3015 Oleander Blvd
ZIP: 34982
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
Faith Baptist School
3607 Oleander Ave
ZIP: 34982
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 148
Sun Grove Montessori School
5610 Oleander Ave
ZIP: 34982
Elementary
Total Enrollment 61
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Fort Pierce landing. between 1880 and 1897
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