Fort Pierce : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce, the Sunrise City, is a striving community mid-way down the east coast of Florida. It is  often used as a retirement community with a growing population just over 42,000. The downtown, located on the riverfront of the Indian River Lagoon and a waterfront park, affords residents contemporary shopping, and dining. Main Street Fort Pierce, Inc., a comprehensive revitalization program designed to encourage economic development in conjunction with historic preservation, some say it has been successful in reviving the downtown. An example of its success is the number of community festivals that it brings here. Located about halfway down the east coast of Florida, Fort Pierce represents an alternative to living in the big city or in a very affluent community. There are many miles of unspoiled beaches along the ocean, plus plenty of waterways connected to the intercoastal.  Not everyone is a big fan of living here thanks to poverty and a high crime rate.

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Where to Retire in Fort Pierce and Home Prices

Retirees who live in Fort Pierce find it is possible to live near the water – either the beach or the intercoastal. There are many apartment buildings that offer carefree living and varying degrees of amenities. Or retirees can choose to live in one of the many gated communities in the town or surrounding area. According to Zillow, the median home value was $356,026 in mid-2022.


What Is Special about Fort Pierce

Beautiful white sandy beaches; completely renovated 1925 City Hall; many housing opportunities for retirees; new and beautiful downtown public library; Sunrise Theatre; Indian Hills (Municipal) Golf Course; Fort Pierce City Marina; Weekly Farmers Market


What Is Not Special about Fort Pierce

Some people like Fort Pierce and others don't. There is some crime and poverty. Compared to some neighboring towns it is not as prosperous. See comments in the Forum about Ft. Pierce.  Hurricane season. Fort Pierce is far away from any big city (it is equidistant from Fort Lauderdale or Orlando)


Who Will Like Retirement in Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce attracts a diverse community of retirees who want to live in an understated community.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, retail, services, and real estate are important to the economy

Climate and Physical Environment

Fort Pierce is midway down the east coast of Florida. It is flat with the Atlantic Ocean on the East with business and real estate development to the west. Winters are warm and summers are hot and wet.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fort Pierce is proud to have a number of educational and research facilities, including: Indian River Community College, the $6 million Smithsonian Institution Research Center, the Manatee Observation and Education Center and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The historic, 1,200 seat Sunrise Theatre is being restored and will soon serve as a regional performing arts center. The Port St. Lucie County Library has a magnificent branch in downtown Fort Pierce.


Crime in Fort Pierce is higher than the national average - but the city's crime rate has continually improved over the last several years.

Medical Facilities

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center


Vero Beach Muni is 16 miles away. Melbourne International is 50 miles away. Palm Beach International Airport is 56 miles away

Valuable Links

City of Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce on Wikipedia


What people are saying about Fort Pierce

retirement in ft pierce
I worked at lawnwood as a travel nurse and I can tell you I would never retire in ft. pierce. half the population is foreign and there is not even a star bucks or good restaurant in this town. big drug problem and the housing is depressing. I did not like being there and never felt safe. no shopping either. port st. lucie is 7 miles away and much nicer. florida is a big state and unless you are destitute and want to barricade yourself in a house and never leave, ft. pierce is not retirement friendly at all. you would fear for your life most of the time and spent the other half in other towns, shopping and dining. I really do not think anyone would want to retire here.
Posted by jude64 on December 03, 2014
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Looking for a 2 bedrm 2 bath rental from Nov 2014 to May 2015 Something below 1500 a mo. Contact Karen at Thank you
Posted by kalf7 on September 26, 2014
Living in Fort Pierce
Great sea coast community for fishing, boating, wind surfing, swimming & much more. Revitalized historic downtown & marina. More bang for your buck in this beautiful laid back old Florida town by the sea.
Posted by on May 07, 2014

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