Fort Pierce is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 44,484 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Pierce is the 67th largest community in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fort Pierce is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Pierce is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Pierce who work in office and administrative support (13.85%), sales jobs (13.70%), and food service (10.92%).
Fort Pierce is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The citizens of Fort Pierce are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.12% of adults in Fort Pierce have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Fort Pierce in 2010 was $17,027, which is low income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,108 for a family of four. However, Fort Pierce contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Fort Pierce also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.58% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Fort Pierce is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fort Pierce home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Pierce residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fort Pierce also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.30% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Pierce include Haitian, Irish, English, and Italian.
In addition, Fort Pierce has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.10%).
The most common language spoken in Fort Pierce is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.