Demographics

Discover the boundless business opportunities found in St. Lucie County, one of the nation’s best places to grow. Here the growth, innovation and inspiration are driven by the unsurpassed lifestyle of this peaceful paradise found at the heart of Southeast Florida’s Treasure Coast also known as Florida’s Research Coast.

Strategically located, St. Lucie is in the middle of Florida’s largest business centers. Just 120 miles north of Miami, 60 miles north of West Palm Beach, 120 miles southeast of Orlando and 225 miles south of Jacksonville. The county features tremendous growth, a young and educated workforce, established infrastructure and a pro-business government. St. Lucie County’s 572 square miles contain two major cities, Fort Pierce in the north and Port St. Lucie in the south. Beautiful Hutchinson Island and several hometown-style development communities also contribute to this unique business environment.

St. Lucie County, with population at nearly 280,000 experienced a 44 percent population increase between 2000 and 2010 and is ranked 20th largest county in Florida. St. Lucie County continues to grow and be an even better place to do business, and has positioned some economic sectors for even higher levels of success.

The St. Lucie County Administration offices are located at 2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34982-5652.

Detailed statistics of the population of the county are provided utilizing Census data plus more current estimates from state and local sources. A demographic snapshot of St. Lucie County includes:

 

Demographics: St. Lucie County and Florida’s Research Coast

               
People QuickFacts (by County)   St. Lucie Indian River Martin Okeechobee Palm Beach
             
Population, 2010   277,789 138,028 146,318 39,996 1,320,134
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010   44.20% 22.20% 15.50% 11.40% 16.70%
Population, 2000   192,695 112,947 126,731 35,910 1,131,184
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2010   5.90% 4.70% 4.20% 6.60% 5.40%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2010   22.30% 18.80% 17.60% 24.00% 20.40%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2010   19.90% 27.20% 27.30% 17.00% 21.60%
Female persons, percent, 2010   51.10% 51.60% 50.50% 46.40% 51.60%
             
White persons, percent, 2010 (a)   71.80% 84.30% 87.30% 77.50% 73.50%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a)   19.10% 9.00% 5.40% 8.00% 17.30%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a)   0.40% 0.30% 0.60% 1.00% 0.50%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a)   1.60% 1.20% 1.10% 0.90% 2.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a)   0.10% Z 0.10% 0.10% 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010   2.60% 1.60% 1.60% 1.90% 2.30%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b)   16.60% 11.20% 12.20% 23.90% 19.00%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2010   61.20% 77.40% 80.30% 65.70% 60.10%
             
Living in same house 1 year & over, 2006-2010   83.10% 84.30% 85.80% 87.70% 85.20%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2006-2010   15.60% 10.50% 10.40% 12.10% 22.30%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2006-2010   19.90% 14.30% 14.00% 22.80% 26.90%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2006-2010   83.40% 86.30% 88.60% 71.60% 86.80%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2006-2010   17.80% 26.70% 29.40% 11.40% 31.80%
Veterans, 2006-2010   28,421 16,453 17,950 3,708 110,723
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2006-2010   28 21.7 23.5 26.7 24.7
Housing units, 2010   137,029 76,346 78,131 18,509 664,594
Homeownership rate, 2006-2010   76.00% 76.80% 79.50% 76.70% 73.60%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2006-2010   20.20% 24.20% 28.70% 4.40% 41.00%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2006-2010   $177,200 $198,200 $254,900 $136,700 $261,900
Households, 2006-2010   103,103 57,560 59,203 13,642 523,150
Persons per household, 2006-2010   2.58 2.33 2.39 2.84 2.45
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2010 dollars) 2006-2010   $23,296 $31,918 $35,772 $19,664 $33,610
Median household income 2006-2010   $45,196 $47,341 $53,210 $38,339 $53,242
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2006-2010   13.70% 12.60% 10.40% 19.70% 12.20%
             
Geography QuickFacts (by County)   St. Lucie Indian River Martin  Okeechobee Palm Beach
Land area in square miles, 2010   572 503 543 769 1,970
Persons per square mile, 2010   486 275 269 52 670
FIPS Code   111 61 85 93 99
             
             
Includes data not distributed by county.    
             
Population estimates for counties will be available in April, 2012 and for cities in June, 2012.
             
(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.  
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.
             
D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms            
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available            
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards  
X: Not applicable            
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown
               
Detailed statistics of the population of the county are provided utilizing Census data plus more current estimates from state and local sources. A demographic snapshot of St. Lucie and surrounding counties includes: State & County QuickFacts. Data derived from Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population & Housing, State & County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits, Consolidated Federal Funds Report
               
Last Revised: Tuesday, 31-Jan-2012 16:48:44 EST   

 

Projections of Florida Population by County – 2011-2040

Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Research, College of Liberal Arts & Science, University of Florida (revised March 2012)

Projections of Florida Population by County – 2011-2014 (xlsx)

Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Research, College of Liberal Arts & Science, University of Florida (revised March 2012)