St. Lucie County, Florida
St. Lucie County
|Coordinates: 27°23′N 80°26′W / 27.38°N 80.44°W|
|Founded||May 24, 1905|
|Named for||Saint Lucie of Syracuse|
|Largest city||Port St. Lucie|
|• Total||688 sq mi (1,780 km2)|
|• Land||572 sq mi (1,480 km2)|
|• Water||116 sq mi (300 km2) 16.9%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||486/sq mi (188/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
St. Lucie County is a county in the state of Florida. The county seat is the city of Fort Pierce. As of 2000, 192,695 people lived there. The 2005 census estimate for the county was 241,305.
History[change | change source]
The current St. Lucie County was created in 1905 from the southern part of Brevard County. Brevard County had been named St. Lucie County from 1844 until 1855 when it was renamed Brevard County.
In 1925, Indian River County was created out of the northern part of St Lucie County, while northern Martin County was created from a small part of southeastern St. Lucie County and the northern part of Palm Beach County. Much of western St Lucie County had gone in 1917 to form Okeechobee County.
Land[change | change source]
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 688.08 square miles (1,782.1 km2), of which 572.45 square miles (1,482.6 km2) (or 83.20%) is land and 115.63 square miles (299.5 km2) (or 16.80%) is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean.
St. Lucie County is part of the Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Major highways[change | change source]
- Interstate 95
- U.S. Highway 1
- Florida State Road 716
- Florida State Road 70
- Florida State Road 68
- Florida State Road 615
- Florida State Road 614
- Florida's Turnpike
- Florida State Road A1A
- Florida State Road 608
- Florida State Road 607
- Florida State Road 713
Counties nearby[change | change source]
- Indian River County, Florida - north
- Martin County, Florida - south
- Okeechobee County, Florida - west
People[change | change source]
As of the census of 2000, there were 192,695 people, 76,933 households, and 54,237 families living in the county. The population density was 337 people per square mile (130/km²). There were 91,262 housing units at an average density of 159 per square mile (62/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.14% White, 15.42% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.37% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.16% of the population. 86.6% spoke English, 7.6% Spanish, 1.6% French Creole and 1.0% French as their first language. 3.3% of the population identified themselves as being of non-Hispanic West Indian Ancestry.
In 2005 St. Lucie county had a population that was 69.2% non-Hispanic white, 16.5% African-American, 12.4% Latino and 1.3% Asian.
In 2000 there were 76,933 households out of which 26.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were not related. 23.50% of all households were made up of people living alone and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the county the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 22.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,363, and the median income for a family was $41,381. Males had a median income of $30,047 versus $22,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,790. About 9.60% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.50% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns[change | change source]
Incorporated[change | change source]
- City of Fort Pierce
- City of Port St. Lucie
- Village of St. Lucie
Unincorporated[change | change source]
- Fort Pierce North
- Fort Pierce South
- Hutchinson Island South
- Indian River Estates
- Lakewood Park
- North Hutchinson Island
- River Park
- St. Lucie West
- White City
Education[change | change source]
Schools in the county are managed by St. Lucie County Public Schools.
- Florida Atlantic University PSL Campus
- Indian River State College Ft. Pierce and PSL Campus
- Keiser University PSL Campus
- University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Ft. Pierce
- Barry University PSL Campus
Points of interest[change | change source]
- St. Lucie County Regional History Center
- St. Lucie County Marine Center Archived 2013-08-09 at the Wayback Machine
- Experimental Oculina Research Reserve
- Heathcote Botanical Gardens
- Old Fort Park
- St. Lucie County International Airport
- US Navy UDT-SEAL Museum (Fort Pierce was the original home of the Navy SEALs)
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Table 1: Annual Estimates of the Population for Counties of Florida: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005". U.S. Census Bureau. 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
- ↑ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ↑ "State & County QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
Other websites[change | change source]
Governmental[change | change source]
Board of County Commissioners[change | change source]
Constitutional officers[change | change source]
- St. Lucie County Clerk
- St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections
- St. Lucie County Property Appraiser
- St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
- St. Lucie County Tax Collector
School district[change | change source]
Multi-county districts[change | change source]
- Indian River Community College Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
- South Florida Water Management District
- Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
Judicial branch[change | change source]
- St. Lucie County Clerk of Courts
- Public Defender, 19th Judicial Circuit of Florida
- State Attorney, 19th Judicial Circuit of Florida Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
- Circuit and County Courts for the 19th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Non-governmental[change | change source]
- St. Lucie County Tourism Web Site Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine