According to the United States Census Bureau’s 2018 population estimate, Port St. Lucie is the 8th largest city in Florida with over 195,000 residents. Currently, it is the 3rd largest city in South Florida and the 7th largest city in Florida, surpassing Fort Lauderdale’s population of 182,595.
It occupies an area of 120 square miles in St. Lucie County on Florida’s east coast, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, halfway between Miami and Orlando.
Average temperatures range from 64 degrees in February to 82 degrees in August, making the city and surrounding area a tourist destination and nature lover’s paradise. The attractive environment including the top-rated park system, golf courses, St. Lucie River, and growing arts and performance community stand out as key reasons for the city’s growth in recent years.
Port St. Lucie also attracts a vibrant mix of people because of its low crime rate, diverse housing stock, abundant open space and because of the optimistic vision of the people who live here. According to BizJournals.com, the city has the highest homeownership rate in the nation in 2012 and is the only major market with a homeownership rate above 75 percent. As a growing community, the city offers diverse economic opportunities, clear guidelines for prosperous and sustainable growth, and state-of-the-art infrastructure ready to support development and investment. Additionally, the city government is committed to delivering outstanding public services that enhance the community and the quality of life for people of all ages.
There are traditional suburban neighborhoods, new mixed-use neighborhoods with a variety of housing types in walking distance to retail and dining establishments, and the beginning stages of a downtown that will integrate urban commercial development with outdoor nature trails, waterways and social opportunities.
In other words, there is plenty of room to grow for businesses, for families, and for people seeking the amenities of a big city while enjoying the comforts of a familiar hometown.
Constance Innerarity Crawford, P. A. CDPE Â®, SFR Â®, 1031 ExchangeÂ®