Port Saint Lucie is a relatively young city with a population around 175,000. It sits halfway between Orlando and Florida, with easy access to Interstate 95 and easier access to the beach. The area has everything from small condos to large estates, all a short drive from the business district. A large portion of the houses in the area were built in the 1970s and 80s, with an almost equal number being constructed after the turn of the century.
Port Saint Lucie is a business-friendly area without any of the bustle associated with bigger cities. Located in St. Lucie County, the town has dozens of public and private schools, as well as three post-secondary institutions, including Keiser University, which is highly regarded for its health and medical programs. The average cost of living in the area is lower than the nation average, while Port Saint Lucie has one of the lowest crime rates of any city in Florida. There are 22 different neighborhoods, and the population of the entire metropolitan area is about three times the size of Port Saint Lucie proper. Many of the houses in the region are modern, 3-bedroom, waterfront properties. The city is ripe with the gated communities and superb golf courses that many expect from suburban Florida. The beach may be the biggest draw, but baseball fans also get to watch the New York Mets come down every season for Spring Training.
As the population continues to grow, so do the various employers. Education and healthcare are the region’s two biggest sources of employment. There are several colleges in the city, with Indian River State College creating the largest number of jobs in higher education. Some of the other main employers include QVC, Tropicana and Wal-Mart. Liberty Healthcare Group is the largest medical supply company employing people from Port Saint Lucie, creating nearly as many jobs as the city government itself.