Fort Pierce, FL
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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 45,581 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Pierce is the 67th largest community in Florida.

Fort Pierce is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.28%), sales jobs (14.12%), and maintenance occupations (8.52%).

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.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Fort Pierce rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.70% of adults 25 and older in Fort Pierce have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Fort Pierce in 2010 was $17,337, which is low income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,348 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 35.76% 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 22.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Pierce include Haitian, German, Irish, English, and Italian.

Fort Pierce also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.78%.

The most common language spoken in Fort Pierce is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.