Port St. Lucie, FL
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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 179,413 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Port St. Lucie is the ninth largest community in Florida.

Unlike some cities, Port St. Lucie isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Port St. Lucie are a mix 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 (15.13%), sales jobs (14.20%), and healthcare (7.78%).

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.

The education level of Port St. Lucie citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.17% of adults 25 and older in Port St. Lucie have a college degree.

The per capita income in Port St. Lucie in 2010 was $22,988, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $91,952 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 20.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port St. Lucie include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

Port St. Lucie also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.65%.

The most common language spoken in Port St. Lucie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.