Port St. Lucie, Florida Population 2024

259,564

Port St. Lucie is a city located in St. Lucie County Florida. Port St. Lucie has a 2024 population of 259,564. Port St. Lucie is currently growing at a rate of 5.65% annually and its population has increased by 25.51% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 206,808 in 2020.

The average household income in Port St. Lucie is $94,089 with a poverty rate of 8.46%. 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 43.5 years, 42.5 years for males, and 44.5 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: 63.26%
  • Black or African American: 18.3%
  • Two or more races: 11.33%
  • Other race: 4.66%
  • Asian: 2.15%
  • Native American: 0.23%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
State
Florida
Land Area (mi²)
119.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,177.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
25.51% (52,756)
The current population of Port St. Lucie, Florida is 259,564 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 206,808.

Port St. Lucie, Florida Population 2024

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Port St. Lucie Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White133,17363.26%
Black or African American38,52818.3%
Two or more races23,85311.33%
Other race9,8204.66%
Asian4,5362.15%
Native American4750.23%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander1350.06%
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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 2024

Port St. Lucie Median Age

43.5

Total

42.5

Male

44.5

Female

Port St. Lucie Adults

There are 166,633 adults, (44,966 of whom are seniors) in Port St. Lucie.

Port St. Lucie Age Dependency

73

Age Dependency Ratio

37

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Port St. Lucie Sex Ratio

Female107,23650.94%
Male103,28449.06%

Port St. Lucie Population by Age

Port St. Lucie Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All74,9602.882.817.2
Married41,6733.2288.611.4
Non Family18,7831.2678.121.9
Female10,6883.6575.724.3
Male3,8163.3661.538.5
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3.19

Average Family Size

2.8

Average Household Size

82.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Port St. Lucie Households and Families

Male

Female

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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

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.88%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 40%.

Port St. Lucie Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$44,134

Average Earnings

$49,511

Average Male

$37,401

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% of Port St. Lucie residents speak only English, while 26% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.68% of the population.

Port St. Lucie Language

Port St. Lucie Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White110,8748,7267.87%
Hispanic48,0244,1398.62%
Black38,0383,6719.65%
Multiple23,8471,7477.33%
Other9,7551,44214.78%
Asian4,5352826.22%
Native4757415.58%
Islander1353324.44%
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8.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.95%

Male Poverty Rate

9.92%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Port St. Lucie

The race most likely to be in poverty in Port St. Lucie is Islander, with 24.44% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Port St. Lucie is Asian, with 6.22% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.92%. Among those working part-time, it was 6.87%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.44%.

Port St. Lucie Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade16.64%
High School9.72%
Some College6.04%
Bachelors or Greater3.18%
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Port St. Lucie Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed22%
Male Unemployed8.98%
Female Employed3.36%
Male Employed2.36%
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Port St. Lucie Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Port St. Lucie Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Port St. Lucie Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

51.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

55.1%

Male Marriage Rate

48.8%

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

16,080

Number of Veterans

14,611

Male Veterans

1,469

Female Veterans

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Port St. Lucie Veterans by War

count

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Port St. Lucie Veterans by Age

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Port St. Lucie Veterans by Race

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

3.6%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.34%

Veteran Disability Rate

Port St. Lucie Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

59.9%

Labor Force Participation

56.4%

Employment Rate

5.7%

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

31.32%

Born in Port St. Lucie

80.48%

Native Born

19.52%

Foreign Born

5.03%

Non Citizen

14.48%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.48% of Port St. Lucie residents were born in the United States, with 31.32% having been born in Florida. 5.03% 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 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029328,99913,8874.41%
2028315,11213,8874.61%
2027301,22513,8874.83%
2026287,33813,8875.08%
2025273,45113,8875.35%
2024259,56413,8875.65%
2023245,67713,8875.99%
2022231,79013,8876.37%
2021217,90311,0955.36%
2020206,8085,1092.53%
2019201,6996,9593.57%
2018194,7405,6092.97%
2017189,1315,4972.99%
2016183,6345,8363.28%
2015177,7985,0412.92%
2014172,7573,2781.93%
2013169,4791,5310.91%
2012167,9481,6320.98%
2011166,3161,4560.88%
2010164,86076,09185.72%
200088,76932,90358.9%
199055,86641,176280.3%
198014,690
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Port St. Lucie Population by Year