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St. Lucie County, Florida

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St. Lucie County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 277,789. The county seat is Fort Pierce. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, St. Lucie County is at a population of 286,832.

St. Lucie County is included in the Port St. Lucie, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie, FL Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of St. Lucie County Name

St. Lucie of Syracuse, Roman Catholic Saint. Lucie was Born in Sicily and was executed in 304 AD for being a Christian.


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County History

The current St. Lucie County was created in 1905 from the southern part of Brevard County. Brevard County had been named St. Lucie County from 1844 until 1855 when it was renamed Brevard County. In 1925, Indian River County was created out of the northern part of St Lucie County, while Martin County was created from a small part of southeastern St. Lucie County and the northern part of Palm Beach County. Much of western St Lucie County had gone in 1917 to form Okeechobee County.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 688 square miles (1,782 km2), of which, 572 square miles (1,483 km2) of it is land and 116 square miles (299 km2) of it is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean. The total area is 16.80% water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Indian River County
  • East: North Atlantic Ocean
  • South: Martin County
  • West: Okeechobee County


Schools in the county are managed by St. Lucie County Public Schools.

Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Indian River State College Ft. Pierce and PSL Campus
Keiser University PSL Campus
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Ft. Pierce
Barry University PSL Campus

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