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.
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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Pierce who work in sales jobs (13.32%), office and administrative support (12.91%), and food service (10.67%).
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 percentage of adults in Fort Pierce with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 13.92% of adults in Fort Pierce have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Fort Pierce in 2010 was $16,479, which is low income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,916 for a family of four. Fort Pierce also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.90% 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 21.33% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Pierce include German, Irish, English, and Haitian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Fort Pierce's cultural character, accounting for 18.99% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Fort Pierce is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.