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 189,344 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 office and administrative support (14.10%), sales jobs (13.76%), and food service (8.20%).
Port St. Lucie 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The percentage of adults in Port St. Lucie who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.26% of the adults in Port St. Lucie have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Port St. Lucie in 2010 was $24,975, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,900 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 20.53% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port St. Lucie include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Haitian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Port St. Lucie's cultural character, accounting for 18.41% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Port St. Lucie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.