Port St. Lucie, Florida Population 2020

206,410

Port St. Lucie is a city located in St. Lucie County, Florida. With a 2020 population of 206,410, it is the 7th largest city in Florida and the 113th largest city in the United States. Port St. Lucie is currently growing at a rate of 2.78% annually and its population has increased by 25.40% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 164,603 in 2010. Spanning over 121 miles, Port St. Lucie has a population density of 1,732 people per square mile.

The average household income in Port St. Lucie is $69,917 with a poverty rate of 10.09%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,334 per month, and the median house value is $180,400. The median age in Port St. Lucie is 42.1 years, 40.9 years for males, and 43.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.1 males.

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: 73.71%
  • Black or African American: 18.86%
  • Two or more races: 2.73%
  • Asian: 2.25%
  • Other race: 2.07%
  • Native American: 0.36%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Port St. Lucie, Florida is 206,410, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 195,248. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 164,603.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020499,7368,8481.77%
2019490,8888,8481.80%
2018482,0408,8481.84%
2017473,1928,9291.89%
2016464,26311,1972.41%
2015453,0669,7672.16%
2014443,2996,7851.53%
2013436,5144,5571.04%
2012431,9573,6720.85%
2011428,2853,0990.72%
2010425,1860.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White135,45473.71%
Black or African American34,65218.86%
Two or More Races5,0092.73%
Asian4,1412.25%
Some Other Race3,8032.07%
American Indian and Alaska Native6680.36%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander350.02%

Port St Lucie Population Pyramid 2020

Port St Lucie Median Age

42.1


Total

40.9


Male

43.4


Female

Port St Lucie Adults

There are 143,254 adults, (36,559 of whom are seniors) in Port St Lucie.

Port St Lucie Age Dependency

72.2

Age Dependency Ratio

34.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38

Child Dependency Ratio

Port St Lucie Sex Ratio

Female

93,218

50.73%

Male

90,544

49.27%

Port St Lucie Households and Families

Port St Lucie Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Port St Lucie Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.5%16.5%
All76.8%23.2%
Non Family71.8%28.2%
Female63.6%36.4%
Male60.2%39.8%

76.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All63,8072.8776.8
Married35,8003.3483.5
Non Family17,3161.3371.8
Female7,6893.863.6
Male3,0023.6660.2

3.34

Average Family Size

2.87

Average Household Size

6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Port St Lucie Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,5835.09%
9th to 12th Grade9,5067.35%
High School Graduate42,42832.78%
Some College29,91323.11%
Associates Degree14,20510.98%
Bachelors Degree17,69013.67%
Graduate Degree9,0917.02%

Port St Lucie Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White81,12774,42518,254
Hispanic23,07618,3393,593
Black21,18517,2443,875
Asian2,9532,417909
Other Race2,6502,271253
Multiple Races2,1371,776588
Native American460460129
Islander3535

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 asian people with a rate of 30.78%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,967$37,123$29,022
Less Than High School$25,319$26,740$21,473
High School Grad$29,333$34,109$21,480
Some College$34,958$39,480$31,228
Bachelors Degree$41,175$50,714$38,202
Graduate Degree$51,008$51,521$50,076

$32,967

Average Earnings

$37,123

Average Male

$29,022

Average Female

Port St Lucie Language

Port St Lucie Language by Age

Port St Lucie Language

74.27% of Port St Lucie residents speak only English, while 25.73% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.44% of the population.

Port St Lucie Poverty

Port St Lucie Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White104,70010,0419.59%
Hispanic36,8554,22311.46%
Black34,5303,2509.41%
Multiple4,97273214.72%
Asian4,1384009.67%
Native66838257.19%
Other3,7421834.89%

10.09%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.43%

Male Poverty Rate

10.73%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Port St Lucie

The race most likely to be in poverty in Port St Lucie is Native, with 57.19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Port St Lucie is Other, with 4.89% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.94%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.42%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School16.74%
High School8.86%
Some College8.48%
Bachelors or Greater6.19%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed22.83%
Male Unemployed16.32%
Female Employed5.85%
Male Employed3.63%

Port St Lucie Income

Port St Lucie Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$57,113$69,917
Families$62,254$77,059
Married Families$68,435$83,343
Non Families$34,937$45,775

Port St Lucie Marital Status

Port St Lucie Marital Status

Marriage Rates

51.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.7%

Male Marriage Rate

49.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Port St Lucie Married by Age and Sex

Port St Lucie Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Port St Lucie Marital Status by Race

Port St Lucie Veterans

14,124

Number of Veterans

12,902

Male Veterans

1,222

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,651
Second Gulf War2,782
First Gulf War2,548
Korea1,259
World War II831
Name Veterans % of Total
White12,42111.44%
Hispanic2,1238.06%
Black1,1244.58%
2 or More2849.38%
Other1223.99%
Asian992.89%
Indian7415.26%

$Port St Lucie Veterans by Education

6.17%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.93%

Veteran Disability Rate

Port St Lucie Employment Status

58.5%

Labor Force Participation

55%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Port St Lucie Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

31.62%

Born in Florida

81.24%

Native Born

18.76%

Foreign Born

6.44%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

81.24% of Port St Lucie residents were born in the United States, with 31.62% having been born in Florida. 6.44% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020206,4105,5812.78%
2019200,8295,5812.86%
2018195,2485,9833.16%
2017189,2655,5813.04%
2016183,6845,9003.32%
2015177,7845,0632.93%
2014172,7213,2831.94%
2013169,4381,5340.91%
2012167,9041,6280.98%
2011166,2761,4330.87%
2010164,84376,0746.39%
200088,76932,9034.74%
199055,86641,17614.29%
198014,6900.00%