Port St. Lucie, Florida Population 2021

215,922
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Port St. Lucie is a city located in St. Lucie County Florida. With a 2020 population of 215,922, it is the 7th largest city in Florida and the 106th largest city in the United States . Port St. Lucie is currently growing at a rate of 3.37% annually and its population has increased by 31.18% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 164,603 in 2010. Port St. Lucie reached it's highest population of 215,922 in 2021. Spanning over 121 miles, Port St. Lucie has a population density of 1,811 people per square mile.

The average household income in Port St. Lucie is $74,355 with a poverty rate of 9.00%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,417 per month, and the median house value is $207,200. The median age in Port St. Lucie is 42.5 years, 41.7 years for males, and 43.3 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: 73.53%
  • Black or African American: 18.34%
  • Two or more races: 2.94%
  • Asian: 2.49%
  • Other race: 2.21%
  • Native American: 0.47%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Port St. Lucie, Florida is 215,922 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 194,808.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 164,603.

Port St. Lucie, Florida Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021505,5578,1301.61%
2020497,4278,1301.63%
2019489,2978,1301.66%
2018481,1678,3031.73%
2017472,8648,9731.90%
2016463,89111,0502.38%
2015452,8419,6772.14%
2014443,1646,7391.52%
2013436,4254,5131.03%
2012431,9123,6250.84%
2011428,2873,1140.73%
2010425,1730.00%

Port St. Lucie Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White139,26773.53%
Black or African American34,73118.34%
Two or More Races5,5602.94%
Asian4,7222.49%
Some Other Race4,1822.21%
American Indian and Alaska Native8810.47%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander530.03%
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Port St. Lucie Population by Race

Port St. Lucie Population Pyramid $2021

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Port St. Lucie Median Age

42.5


Total

41.7


Male

43.3


Female

Port St. Lucie Adults

There are 147,855 adults, (38,874 of whom are seniors) in Port St. Lucie.

Port St. Lucie Age Dependency

73.8

Age Dependency Ratio

35.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Port St. Lucie Sex Ratio

Female

97,022

51.23%

Male

92,374

48.77%

Port St. Lucie Population by Age

Port St. Lucie Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Port St. Lucie Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.2%16.8%
All76.9%23.1%
Non Family73.9%26.1%
Female62.4%37.6%
Male59.1%40.9%

76.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Port St. Lucie Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All65,0602.976.9
Married36,4433.3583.2
Non Family17,1551.3673.9
Female8,2643.8362.4
Male3,1983.6659.1

3.35

Average Family Size

2.9

Average Household Size

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Port St. Lucie Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,6014.93%
9th to 12th Grade9,7777.30%
High School Graduate43,52632.51%
Some College30,26422.60%
Associates Degree13,45010.04%
Bachelors Degree19,69514.71%
Graduate Degree10,5867.91%
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Port St. Lucie Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Port St. Lucie Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White82,86075,87919,874
Hispanic24,96020,3564,621
Black21,83918,0364,558
Asian3,3022,5931,143
Other Race2,7772,446364
2+ Races2,2661,909590
Native American632632356
Islander5353

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 56.33%.

Port St. Lucie Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,903$39,638$30,198
Less Than 9th Grade$24,555$26,668$20,034
High School Graduate$30,275$35,642$22,027
Some College$36,880$42,742$31,888
Bachelors Degree$42,694$54,901$40,461
Graduate Degree$51,770$50,720$52,805

$34,903

Average Earnings

$39,638

Average Male

$30,198

Average Female

Port St. Lucie Earnings by Educational Attainment

Port St. Lucie Language by Age

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Port St. Lucie Language

74.44% of Port St. Lucie residents speak only English, while 25.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.78% of the population.

Port St. Lucie Language

Port St. Lucie Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White107,14610,0029.33%
Hispanic38,9553,6009.24%
Black34,6442,7477.93%
Multiple5,5145499.96%
Native88132937.34%
Asian4,7193066.48%
Other4,1222155.22%

9.00%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.86%

Male Poverty Rate

10.08%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Port St. Lucie

The race most likely to be in poverty in Port St. Lucie is Native, with 37.34% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Port St. Lucie is Other, with 5.22% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.66%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.89%.

Port St. Lucie Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade15.68%
High School9.57%
Some College7.55%
Bachelors or Greater5.06%

Port St. Lucie Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed24.49%
Male Unemployed11.78%
Female Employed5.22%
Male Employed2.87%

Port St. Lucie Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Port St. Lucie Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$60,587$74,355
Families$65,716$81,405
Married Families$74,836$88,294
Non Families$39,906$49,362
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Income by Household Type

Port St. Lucie Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

51.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.9%

Male Marriage Rate

48.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Port St. Lucie Married by Age and Sex

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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 45-54.

Port St. Lucie Marital Status by Race

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Port St. Lucie Marital Status

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14,482

Number of Veterans

12,948

Male Veterans

1,534

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,907
Second Gulf War2,854
First Gulf War2,753
Korea1,256
World War II594

Port St. Lucie Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+4,083
65 to 743,540
35 to 543,387
55 to 642,006
18 to 341,466

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White12,48111.13%
Hispanic1,9947.06%
Black1,5036.05%
2+ Races32911.86%
Asian761.92%
Other Race591.80%
Native American345.12%

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Race

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Education

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4.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.80%

Veteran Disability Rate

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Education

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58.8%

Labor Force Participation

55.9%

Employment Rate

4.7%

Unemployment Rate

Port St. Lucie Employment by Age

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Port St. Lucie Employment by Race

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Port St. Lucie Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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31.78%

Born in Port St. Lucie

81.31%

Native Born

18.69%

Foreign Born

6.62%

Non Citizen

12.07%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

81.31% of Port St. Lucie residents were born in the United States, with 31.78% having been born in Florida. 6.62% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021215,9227,0383.37%
2020208,8847,0383.49%
2019201,8467,0383.61%
2018194,8085,6893.01%
2017189,1195,5983.05%
2016183,5215,8263.28%
2015177,6955,0262.91%
2014172,6693,2641.93%
2013169,4051,5170.90%
2012167,8881,6050.97%
2011166,2831,4350.87%
2010164,84876,0796.39%
200088,76932,9034.74%
199055,86641,17614.29%
198014,6900.00%

Port St. Lucie Population by Year