Port Saint Lucie : Florida

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What Port Saint Lucie is like for active adults

Port St. Lucie, located on the East Coast of Florida, is one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S. according to the 2005 Census Bureau. In 1961 it had 250 homes, in 1980 there were 15,000, and in 2012 the Census Bureau estimated a city population of over 168,000 (with 400,000 in the metropolitan area). Port St. Lucie Beach is located in St. Lucie County. Port Saint Lucie started as a development of the General Development Corporation and became a city on April 27, 1961. Today the city is home to spring training for the New York Mets. There are 3 institutions of higher education here including Indian River State College.

Port St. Lucie experienced three major hurricanes within 2 years: Hurricane Frances, Hurricane Jeanne and Hurricane Wilma. The affects of those storms were severe but residents are rebuilding. There are many miles of unspoiled beaches along the ocean, plus many waterways connected to the intercoastal. Located about halfway down the east coast of Florida, Port St. Lucie tends to be a bit more low-key than more famous communities to the south. The city has had to wrestle with the issue of over-development, a big problem everywhere in Florida. PGA golf course courtesy of Wikipedia and Zverzver.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Tradition is a huge planned community that is modeled after a 1950s-era town with Tradition Square, the town center of the community. PGA Village is another large community with major golf activities. Active adults who live in Port St. Lucie find it is possible to live near the water – either the beach or the intercoastal. There are many apartment buildings that offer carefree retirement living and varying degrees of amenities. Or you can choose to live in one of the many gated communities in the town or surrounding area (see link at right)
Home prices fell significantly after 2006-7. According to City-Data the median home price in late 2013 had risen to about $130,000.

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What is special about this retirement community

Port Saint Lucie has beautiful white sandy beaches and the NY Mets spring training. It is the fastest growing city in the U.S. and there are many housing opportunities for retirees, including high rise apartments near the beach and gated communities. The town Recreation Department is active. There's a Saints Municipal Golf Course here as well.

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What is not special about this retirement community

Crowds in season. Over Development is always a risk. Hurricane season. Port St. Lucie is far away from any big city - it is equidistant from Fort Lauderdale or Orlando.

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What kinds of people like retiring here

The average age here is slightly below the Florida average. Port St. Lucie attracts a diverse community of people including retirees. For more information see our retire in Florida guide.

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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, industry, retail, services, and real estate are important to the economy
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Climate and Physical Environment
Port St. Lucie is on the east coast of Florida. It is flat with the Atlantic Ocean on the East with business and real estate development to the west. The average July high temperature is 90 and the average January high is 74 (the average low is 55). The wettest month is September (8").
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Port Saint Lucie's cultural center seems to be more in the sporting world, with the NY Mets spring training and plenty of great golf events.
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Crime
The crime rate is about half the national average.
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Medical facilities
• Saint Lucie Medical Center • Savannas Hospital
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Transportation
Vero Beach Muni is 27 miles away. Palm Beach International Airport is 46 miles away. Tri-Rail provides some commuter service from Palm Beach County, through Broward County/Port St. Lucie, and into Miami-Dade County.
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Valuable Links
Port Saint Lucie on Wikipedia
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Facts about PORT SAINT LUCIE
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,College Town,Coastal,Golf Community,New Urban/Master Planned,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: youngatheart

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