Port St. Lucie, Florida


Pros

-Attractive setting
-Strong job growth
-Water recreation

Cons

-Hurricane risk
-Arts & culture
-Isolation

Location

Central Atlantic coast between Melbourne and West Palm Beach, 125 miles north of Miami
Profile: Beach-city complex
Elevation: 11
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

What Bert Has To Say About Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce Metro Area


The towns of Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce are among several that make up the south end of the so-called “Treasure Coast,” named for old Spanish shipwrecks lying off the coast. These are smaller, comfortable, more laid-back residential communities than the bustling beach cities farther south. Port St. Lucie is a small, business-friendly but largely nondescript community just south and inland from Fort Pierce along U.S. 1.

Growth is rapid, as is redevelopment as the town makes the transition from a sleepy backwater to a preferred small town destination. Employers include QVC, Tropicana and a Wal-Mart distribution center, but the area in general doesn’t have a lot of high paying jobs. Fort Pierce shares the story with a little more historic interest and typical beachfront amenities. Entertainment is provided by baseball spring-training camps, golf, water sports and the study and viewing of wildlife. The area is still less crowded and affected by sprawl problems than those areas to the south, but it’s also far from services such as healthcare and air transportation. The long commute times reflect distances from jobs rather than congestion.

The landscape consists of a barrier island and coastal plain—topography typical of Florida’s coastal cities. There is extensive agriculture, tropical trees, and vegetation inland. Lake Okeechobee is 40 miles to the southwest. The subtropical coastal climate is pleasant year-round. Summer temperatures are tempered by ocean breezes and by the frequent formation of afternoon cumulus clouds and showers. Temperatures of 90 degrees have occurred in all months but seldom reach 100. There is some hurricane risk, but the area is north of the major hurricane tracks.


Highlights


CITY - Port St. Lucie
ZIP CODES - 34953, 34983, ... 6 total
REAL ESTATE - For Sale  For Rent
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Quick Facts About Port St. Lucie


ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Port St. Lucie is 6.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Port St. Lucie jobs have Increased by 3.69 percent.

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Port St. Lucie's cost of living is 7.50% Lower than the U.S. average.

POPULATION
As of 2014, Port St. Lucie's population is 163,748 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 81.08 percent.

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 31 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Port St. Lucie is $123,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 12.10 percent.

SCHOOLS
Port St. Lucie public schools spend $10,328 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 19.1 students per teacher in Port St. Lucie.


Port St. Lucie Housing Market


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Comments


re: The worst place I ever lived - 10/4/2013
HMMMM, Allan are you sure you're not describing Tennessee? Everything you stated is word for word Tennessee, as a matter of fact I cannot wait to get the hell out of... (read more)
re: The worst place I ever lived - 10/4/2013
Well Allan, I see you're living in Tennessee now. No rednecks there I'm guessing. I understand there are a lot of banjo players though. There's nothing wrong with Port... (read more)
Something nice to say about PSL
Something nice to say about PSL. Beach, Weather, Fishing, Flora and Fauna. People need to wake up and not take things for granted. PSL is a tropical oasis. Respect it... (read more)
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