The city of Port St. Lucie lies on Florida's east coast. With a vibrant economy and a variety of amenities, the community is attracting new residents each year. No wonder the city's motto is "A City for All Ages." The subtropical climate is one of the prime draws to the area with summers in the 90s and winters that rarely fall below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Nearby beaches provide recreational activities throughout the year. The city is also a short drive away from Miami, Tampa and Orlando.
Port St. Lucie was first settled by the Spanish. In the late 1500s, they began building a fort in the area around the date of December 13th, which is the feast day of the Roman Catholic Saint Lucy. Old Spanish maps designate the area as Santa Lucia. The use of the anglicized version of the name, St. Lucie, began in the 1900s. From its early days as a military fort, the area became a port for the trade of citrus fruit and cattle, aided by the building of the Florida East Coast Railway. By the 1950s, a large ranch owned by the McCarty family began to attract a number of new residents.
As the area prospered, new developments began to spring up with new homes, condominiums and apartments to rent. With a beautiful climate and variety of activities for its residents, Port St. Lucie has become one of the fastest-growing areas of the state. The Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Area boasts a population of almost half a million, and the demographics range from young families with children and single adults to older retirees.
Residents of the city's neighborhoods can enjoy a variety of activities in Port St. Lucie, including hiking trails, canoeing, horseback riding, the Civic Center Art Gallery, golf, boating, fishing, the river boardwalk and a variety of community events. Sports fans can enjoy professional games in nearby Tampa and Miami. The Tradition Sports Complex in the city is the spring training home for the New York Mets as well as the summer home of the St. Lucie Mets.
The community boasts its own bus system that grants residents easy access to businesses, parks and other amenities. The bus system also connects Port St. Lucie residents to mass transit systems throughout South Florida.
For education, the city offers students a number of choices, including Florida Atlantic University, Indian River State College and Barry University. Students can find a number of apartments for rent in neighborhoods near these institutions of learning.
The top employers in the St. Lucie area include the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, Florida Power & Light and the QVC Call Center. New residents can find a number of choices in property to rent in a neighborhood adjacent to these facilities.