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Overview

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.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station FORT PIERCE
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
Station VERO BEACH MUNI ARPT
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Fort Pierce 43,267 $31,239
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/.

Port St Lucie Hospitals

ST LUCIE MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1800 SE TIFFANY AVENUE
(772) 335-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Port St Lucie High Schools

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ST. LUCIE WEST CENTENNIAL HIGH
1485 SW CASHMERE BOULEVAR
772-785-6660
Serves 2,239 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

PORT ST. LUCIE HIGH SCHOOL
1201 SE LENNAROAD ROAD
772-337-6770
A Title I School.
Serves 2,134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

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