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Retirement Living In St. Lucie County - Florida

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Area Description

Since its incorporation in 1905, St. Lucie County has always been an attractive place to live. Located on Florida’s east coast between Orlando and Miami, St. Lucie County features 21 miles of unspoiled beaches and has more than 11,000 acres of parks and preserves. St. Lucie County (pop. 280,000) includes the cities of Fort Piece, Port St. Lucie and Hutchinson Island.

According to the current Census data, St. Lucie County’s population is 308,000. The average median home value is $122,900 with 73 percent of the population owning their homes. The median household income is $43,413.

There are more than 37,600 students in St. Lucie County’s public schools. The school district oversees 19 elementary schools, 12 K-8 schools, three middle schools and six high schools.

More than 85 percent of our residents are high school graduates, while nearly 20 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

In addition to the public education system, there are a number of research facilities located in St. Lucie County, including FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory; The Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce and more.

For more details visit: www.stlucieco.gov

Includes Cities/Towns: Fort Pierce, Jensen Beach, Port Saint Lucie.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Diverse recreational opportunities abound in St. Lucie County, whether you want to enjoy quiet moments with nature or experience the exhilaration of sports and other activities. Our abundant natural gifts begin at the Atlantic Ocean, sweep across the mangroves of the Indian River Lagoon, flow through the abundant St. Lucie River and stretch across thousands of acres of marshes, savannas and wooded preserves, home to a glorious array of native plants and wildlife. Choose the perfect setting for boating, fishing, hiking or just relaxing. If you have something more dynamic in mind, try out the challenges of our amazing skate park, dive one of our many artificial reefs or sign up for our softball, basketball or soccer teams. Sports fanatics can catch professional baseball at First Data Field – Spring Training Home of the New York Mets or play a round of golf at the award-winning Fairwinds Golf Course and PGA Village. Complementing this mosaic of outdoor fun, you can discover the past at St. Lucie County’s Regional History Center or the National Navy SEAL Museum, peek into the underwater world of the Indian River Lagoon at the St. Lucie County Aquarium or journey down the St. Lucie River at the Oxbow Eco-Center.

Through voter-approved bond referenda and the diligent efforts of the Board of County Commissioners, St. Lucie County has preserved more than 11,000 acres of environmentally significant lands and 21 miles of pristine, sandy beaches along Hutchinson Island. The outdoor enthusiasts can explore more than 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Whether it's our parks, preserves or educational centers, St. Lucie County has it all!

Cultural Activities

St. Lucie County is home to the Sunrise Theater, various community theatres; galleries like A. E. Backus Museum, Art Mundo; a variety of museums including the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, St. Lucie County Regional History Center; the Treasure Coast Film Festival, the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society, Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail, Heathcote Botanical Gardens, the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, and the Florida Highwaymen.

Festivals, farmer’s markets, and our natural resources offer unique experiences for residents and visitors alike to enjoy St. Lucie County. http://www.artsinstlucie.org

Public transportation

St. Lucie County's public transit system - the Treasure Coast Connector links up to other transportation systems allowing rides to travel as far south as Miami or as far north as Cape Canaveral. www.treasurecoastconnector.

Medical Facilities

St. Lucie County is home to three hospitals, including a level 1 trauma center. There are also ample number of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the region. Coming in 2017, St. Lucie County will be the home of the state's 7th Veterans Nursing Home in the Tradition area.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In St. Lucie County, Florida?

For those of you that retire in St. Lucie County, you will have hotter temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in St. Lucie County such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in St. Lucie County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the mid 70's. Expect a lot of days above 90°. Humidity with lots of moisture in the air may feel oppressive. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Summer.

If you retire in St. Lucie County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are warm with averages in the mid 70's and highs in the mid 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the upper 60's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel uncomfortable. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  52  62  73
 Feb  54  65  75
 Mar  58  68  77
 Apr  62  72  81
 May  68  77  85
 Jun  73  81  88
 Jul  74  82  90
 Aug  74  82  90
 Sep  74  81  88
 Oct  69  77  84
 Nov  62  70  79
 Dec  56  65  75

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  1  0
 Feb  0  0  0
 Mar  0  0  0
 Apr  1  0  0
 May  3  0  0
 Jun  9  0  0
 Jul  14  0  0
 Aug  14  0  0
 Sep  6  0  0
 Oct  2  0  0
 Nov  0  0  0
 Dec  0  1  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  3 "  8  54 %
 Feb  3 "  8  55 %
 Mar  4 "  9  58 %
 Apr  3 "  7  61 %
 May  4 "  9  66 %
 Jun  7 "  14  72 %
 Jul  6 "  14  73 %
 Aug  8 "  15  74 %
 Sep  8 "  16  73 %
 Oct  5 "  13  68 %
 Nov  4 "  9  62 %
 Dec  2 "  8  57 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  0 "  0  0

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Cost of Living for St. Lucie County, FL

St. Lucie County, Florida cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

St. Lucie County was once the fasting growing county in the United States. While growth has slowed some, thing continue to pick up. Forbes Magazine touted Port St. Lucie as one of “The 25 Best Place To Retire” as well as being No. 109 on the “Best Places of Business and Careers,” while USA Today ranked Fort Pierce as one of the “Most Idyllic Downtowns” last year.

Senior Assistance in St. Lucie County, FL

St. Lucie County, Florida offers the following assistance for seniors:

There are a number of agencies that provide services to the senior population - the most comprehensive being the Council on Aging: http://www.coasl.com/

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does St. Lucie County Offer For Retirees?

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities through the various government and non-profit agencies. Visit the Career Source online at http://careersourcerc.com or call 1-855-4U2-HIRE.

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