Port St. Lucie

Population: 175,652Median home value: $149,400 81 Ranks better than 95% of areas

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A+ Port St. Lucie Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Port St. Lucie Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than Florida
Port St. Lucie
1011% more expensive than the US average
Florida
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Port St. Lucie cost of living
A+ Port St. Lucie Crime Total crime is 58% lower than Florida
Total crime
1,22655% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8255% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-19%Year over year crime is down
Port St. Lucie crime
D Port St. Lucie Employment Household income is 4% higher than Florida
Median household income
$50,8298% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,94520% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%23% higher than the US average
Port St. Lucie employment
B- Port St. Lucie Housing Home value is 10% lower than Florida
Median home value
$149,40019% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,17023% higher than the US average
Home ownership
76%20% higher than the US average
Port St. Lucie real estate or Port St. Lucie rentals
C- Port St. Lucie Schools HS graduation rate is 1% lower than Florida
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
50%1% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:131% higher than the US average
Port St. Lucie K-12 schools or Port St. Lucie colleges

Living in Port St. Lucie, FL

Port St. Lucie, Florida is a mid-sized city with a population of 175,652 people. At 74%, the majority of the Port St. Lucie population is White; this is followed by 18% Black and 2% Asian. 76% of the people in Port St. Lucie (over the age of 15) are married and 64% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Port St. Lucie, Florida could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. The best areas in Port St. Lucie and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Florida and national averages.

With a livability score of 81/100, Port St. Lucie is ranked #1,396 in the United States and #143 in Florida. Based on this score, Port St. Lucie would be considered a very livable city! The cherry on top is that Port St. Lucie also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that Port St. Lucie ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A), weather (A) and housing (B-). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Port St. Lucie. The following was graded with a disappointing score: employment (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Port St. Lucie, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Tradition Field, PGA Golf Club in PGA Village - Dye Course, and Superplay USA.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Port St. Lucie gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 99 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Port St. Lucie is real estate affordability. The median home price for Port St. Lucie homes is $149,400, which is 10.4% lower than the Florida average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Port St. Lucie, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 14.7% lower than the Florida average.

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Port St. Lucie Use to be nice

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Port St. Lucie use to be a nice place to live. It use to have affordable housing and a great community. People use to know each other and you couldn't go any where without running into someone you knew. The schools were nice and laid back with plenty of things for the kids to do. These days it is a shadow of its former self.
A lot of things have changed in port st lucie over the course of the last 10 years. After the recession Port St. Lucie was gasping for its next breathe of fresh air. A town that had been founded for its retirement communities and family friendly environment was found to no longer have those people living there. They had all moved away or died. The people advertising Port St. Lucie however failed to see this and still kept on throwing that hook out there trying to find new victims. The thing is Port St. Lucie is no longer a retirement city or a family friendly city. It is just another heartless, hopeless, over marketed slum just like every city south of it in florida all the way down to the keys. It has been filled to the brim by greedy home builders and worthless politicians who do nothing but line their pockets with the money of lobbyists and developers.
Reasons why Port St. Lucie is like a dying beached whale are. For one the population in the city exploded so fast that the City planners and administrators couldn't keep up. When they should have been developing road systems and ways to relieve traffic they spent the money foolishly on other projects so now people drive 80 mph down the back roads and neighborhood streets where kids play in order to elude the traffic. There is no more sense of community because every one who lives there is either from South Florida bringing their ghetto mentality or some other state while the people who have lived there look on in disgust at what was once a nice area. There is nothing for anyone to do but go to the beach. So drugs are rampent and overdoses are common. So much so that the great city leaders and county leaders decided it was a good idea to let a multi million dollar drug rehab institute be built on one of the most pristine portions of beach that the county had to offer.
In all honesty Port St. Lucie is one step away from being the next garbage society associated with Southern Florida. People come here from all over the country and bring their trash with them and then they don't understand why the city they moved to goes down in the dumps. But hey if you moved here you are stuck here now. All those high paying gas station jobs and walmart are the best employers around here. Your money from selling your house somewhere else will run out and you will be stuck here just like everyone else.
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Port St. Lucie, Florida - A Golfer's Paradise

Attractions9/10
Community9/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping8/10
The city of Port St. Lucie Florida is conveniently located in southern mainland region of St. Lucie County. Port St. Lucie is home to more than one hundred and fifty thousand people, thirty parks, and the New York Mets spring training camp. The biggest attraction in Port St. Lucie is the world renowned PGA Village. Golf enthusiasts as well as professionals flock to the only public PGA-America owned center.

Upon moving to the west coast of Florida, the PGA Village was the first weekend vacation my parents partook. My mother was excited and impressed with the idea of golfing on a PGA course much less vacationing in a true PGA location. Golf Digest had this to say about the PGA Village, "Tom Fazio's Ryder and Wanamaker Courses provide distinctly different playing experiences, and the Pete Dye-designed Dye Course interweaves a slight British Isles feel into the beautiful Florida landscape." My mother even clipped the story! There are five courses to choose from and every one is challenging, my father proclaimed. Not one aspect of golf was excluded. Activities included clinics and lessons, golf pro shop, and a PGA school. The weekend was astounding. That Hilton Garden Inn offered a spectacular view, wonderful service, and golf fees were included in the cost.

Golf activist would certainly agree that the city of Port St. Lucie is a golfer's paradise!
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Source: The Port St. Lucie, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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