Port St. Lucie is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 185,132 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Port St. Lucie is the ninth largest community in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Port St. Lucie is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Port St. Lucie is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Port St. Lucie who work in sales jobs (15.01%), office and administrative support (14.48%), and healthcare (7.81%).
One of the nice things about Port St. Lucie is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Port St. Lucie is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Port St. Lucie, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
In terms of college education, Port St. Lucie is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.17% of adults 25 and older in Port St. Lucie have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Port St. Lucie in 2010 was $23,945, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,780 for a family of four. However, Port St. Lucie contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Port St. Lucie is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Port St. Lucie home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Port St. Lucie residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Port St. Lucie also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.19% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port St. Lucie include Italian, Irish, English, and Jamaican.
In addition, Port St. Lucie has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.45%).
The most common language spoken in Port St. Lucie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.