Port St. Lucie, Florida Population 2023

216,926

Port St. Lucie is a city located in St. Lucie County Florida. With a 2023 population of 216,926, it is the 7th largest city in Florida and the 112th largest city in the United States.Port St. Lucie is currently growing at a rate of 1.89% annually and its population has increased by 5.89% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 204,851 in 2020. Spanning over 121 miles, Port St. Lucie has a population density of 1,820 people per square mile.

The average household income in Port St. Lucie is $74,355 with a poverty rate of 11.23%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Port St. Lucie is 42.7 years, 42.3 years for males, and 43.2 years for females.

Port St. Lucie is located on the eastern coast of southern Florida in St. Lucie County about halfway between Miami and Orlando. Port St. Lucie is part of the Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Port St. Lucie Combined Statistical Area which has a population of nearly 6.8 million.

Diversity

Port St. Lucie is a multi-ethnic and diverse community with a foreign-born population of more than 18%. About 25% of households speak a language other than English at home. The most common languages other than English spoken in Port St. Lucie include Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Haitian Creole.

Population Growth

Port St. Lucie’s growth has slowed since the 1990s and 2000s. Still, Port St. Lucie is expected to continue growing thanks to its modest home prices and the rising costs of neighboring Palm Beach County. The future population growth of Port St. Lucie will be fueled by younger families as well as baby boomers with numerous 55+ communities already in the works in western Port St. Lucie. In 2018, Port St. Lucie was named as one of the top 50 metropolitan areas with the largest net increases in population due to migration.

Port St. Lucie was a largely undeveloped and uninhabited area prior to the 1950s with just a few businesses and farms. In 1958, the General Development Corporation, once Florida’s largest land development company, bought the River Park development and land along St. Lucie River. GDC constructed a bridge over the river that finally allowed direct vehicle access to Port St. Lucie. GDC further developed the area with water and sewer plants, roads, landfills, basic amenities, and housing tracts. Port St. Lucie was incorporated as a city in 1961 with more than 250 homes.

By the 1990s, Port St. Lucie was growing rapidly. Core Communities bought and developed West St. Lucie, creating not only homes but also business sectors. In 2006, Core Communities developed the Tradition community, a massive 13 million square foot commercial area with space for 18,000 homes. Tradition remains one of the largest entitled residential development areas in the Uited States. Between 2000 and 2010 alone, Port St. Lucie’s population almost doubled from 88,000 to 164,000.

Port St. Lucie Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Port St. Lucie was:

  • White: 71.56%
  • Black or African American: 17.66%
  • Two or more races: 5.23%
  • Other race: 2.92%
  • Asian: 2.3%
  • Native American: 0.31%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Port St. Lucie, Florida is 216,926 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 204,851.

Port St. Lucie, Florida Population 2023

Port St. Lucie Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Port St. Lucie Population by Race

Port St. Lucie Population Pyramid 2023

Port St. Lucie Median Age

42.7

Total

42.3

Male

43.2

Female

Port St. Lucie Adults

There are 153,358 adults, (40,072 of whom are seniors) in Port St. Lucie.

Port St. Lucie Age Dependency

72.8

Age Dependency Ratio

35.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Port St. Lucie Sex Ratio

Female99,76750.96%
Male96,00649.04%

Port St. Lucie Population by Age

Port St. Lucie Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.25

Average Family Size

2.86

Average Household Size

78.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Port St. Lucie Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Port St. Lucie Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Port St. Lucie Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 62.84%.

Port St. Lucie Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$36,505

Average Earnings

$41,847

Average Male

$31,361

Average Female

Port St. Lucie Earnings by Educational Attainment

Port St. Lucie Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Port St. Lucie Language

74.96% of Port St. Lucie residents speak only English, while 25.04% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.32% of the population.

Port St. Lucie Language

Port St. Lucie Poverty by Race

rate

11.23%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.79%

Male Poverty Rate

10.72%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Port St. Lucie

The race most likely to be in poverty in Port St. Lucie is Native, with 25.26% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Port St. Lucie is Black, with 9.55% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.86%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.5%.

Port St. Lucie Poverty

Port St. Lucie Poverty Rate by Education

Port St. Lucie Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Port St. Lucie Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Port St. Lucie Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

52.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

55.2%

Male Marriage Rate

49.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Port St. Lucie Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Port St. Lucie Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Port St. Lucie Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Port St. Lucie Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

14,023

Number of Veterans

12,785

Male Veterans

1,238

Female Veterans

Port St. Lucie Veterans by War

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Age

count

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Race

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.37%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

60.1%

Labor Force Participation

57%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

Port St. Lucie Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Port St. Lucie Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Port St. Lucie Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

30.57%

Born in Port St. Lucie

78.28%

Native Born

17.28%

Foreign Born

6.04%

Non Citizen

11.25%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

78.28% of Port St. Lucie residents were born in the United States, with 30.57% having been born in Florida. 6.04% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Port St. Lucie Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Port St. Lucie Population by Year