St. Lucie County, FL

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Population

313,506

2.28% growth

Median Age

45.1


Median Household Income

$50,062

11.7% growth

Poverty Rate

16.6%


Number of Employees

133,097

4.83% growth

Median Property Value

$179,700

7.93% growth

About

In 2017, St. Lucie County, FL had a population of 314k people with a median age of 45.1 and a median household income of $50,062. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of St. Lucie County, FL grew from 306,507 to 313,506, a 2.28% increase and its median household income grew from $44,804 to $50,062, a 11.7% increase.

The population of St. Lucie County, FL is 57.4% White Alone, 19.2% Black or African American Alone, and 19% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in St. Lucie County, FL speak a non-English language, and 92.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in St. Lucie County, FL are Indian River State College (5,065 degrees awarded in 2016), Fortis Institute-Port Saint Lucie (201 degrees), and Virginia College-Fort Pierce (162 degrees).

The median property value in St. Lucie County, FL is $179,700, and the homeownership rate is 72.4%. Most people in St. Lucie County, FL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.6 minutes. The average car ownership in St. Lucie County, FL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of St. Lucie County, FL employs 133k people. The largest industries in St. Lucie County, FL are Retail Trade (21,438 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (19,782 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (14,950 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,350), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,372), and Public Administration ($52,452).

Median household income in St. Lucie County, FL is $50,062. Males in St. Lucie County, FL have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,343. The income inequality in St. Lucie County, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,062

2017 value

± $2,826

11.7%

1 Year Growth

± 7.32%

Households in St. Lucie County, FL have a median annual income of $50,062, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,804 in 2016, which represents a 11.7% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,114

Average Male Salary

± $840

$45,343

Average Female Salary

± $594

In 2017, full-time male employees in Florida made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $59,204 ± $3,403

  2. Alaska Native

    $49,633 ± $34,468

  3. White

    $49,322 ± $566

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Florida workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than Alaska Native workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for St. Lucie County, FL is from Florida.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.474

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Florida was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.211% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Florida across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 3821.09

  2. Census Tract 3821.10

  3. Census Tract 3820.06

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in St. Lucie County, FL was Census Tract 3821.09 with a value of $73,834, followed by Census Tract 3821.10 and Census Tract 3820.06, with respective values of $67,569 and $60,839.

The following map shows all of the tracts in St. Lucie County, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in St. Lucie County, FL (49.2k out of 296k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    30,440 ± 1,779

  2. Black

    14,531 ± 1,088

  3. Hispanic

    11,545 ± 1,192

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in St. Lucie County, FL is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

133k

2017 Value

± 8,484

4.83%

1 Year growth

± 8.79%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. Lucie County, FL grew at a rate of 4.83%, from 127k employees to 133k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in St. Lucie County, FL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,924 people), Sales & Related Occupations (16,327 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (12,102 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of St. Lucie County, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of St. Lucie County, FL, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,924 people), Sales & Related Occupations (16,327 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (12,102 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. Lucie County, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.77 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.71 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.63 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of St. Lucie County, FL, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($73,522), Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($66,012), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($62,960).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

133k

2017 Value

± 8,484

4.83%

1 Year growth

± 8.79%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. Lucie County, FL grew at a rate of 4.83%, from 127k employees to 133k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in St. Lucie County, FL, are Retail Trade (21,438 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (19,782 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (14,950 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of St. Lucie County, FL, though some of these residents may live in St. Lucie County, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in St. Lucie County, FL, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (21,438 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (19,782 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (14,950 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. Lucie County, FL has an unusually high number of Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.58 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.46 times), and Retail Trade (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in St. Lucie County, FL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($64,350), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,372), and Public Administration ($52,452).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $57.1B

  2. $44.9B

  3. $41.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $57.1B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($44.9B) and Gasoline ($41.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Florida products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$457B

2015 Value

$714B

Projected 2045 Value

56.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound Florida trade was $457B. This is expected to increase 56.2% to $714B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Florida trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $15.1B

  3. $10.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $17.7B, followed by Texas with $15.1B and California and $10.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Florida shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88.2% of the population of St. Lucie County, FL has health coverage, with 36.1% on employee plans, 16.9% on Medicaid, 18.5% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 2.21% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of St. Lucie County, FL was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in St. Lucie County, FL see 2530 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.6% increase from the previous year (2466 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2786 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 755 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.9%). Additionally, Liberty County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,530 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in St. Lucie County, FL see an average of 2,530 patients per year. This represents a 2.6% increase from the previous year (2,466 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in St. Lucie County, FL in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,076

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,606

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,175

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,229

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Florida (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,688 to $8,076.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.8%

Uninsured

36.1%

Employer Coverage

16.9%

Medicaid

18.5%

Medicare

14.5%

Non-Group

2.21%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in St. Lucie County, FL declined by 23% from 15.3% to 11.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in St. Lucie County, FL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.9% prevalence

  2. 15.8% prevalence

  3. 15.5% prevalence

Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 16.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Florida by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

St. Lucie County, FL is home to a population of 314k people, from which 92.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.5% of St. Lucie County, FL residents were born outside of the country (48.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of St. Lucie County, FL is composed of 180k White Alone residents (57.4%), 60.3k Black or African American Alone residents (19.2%), 59.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (19%), 5.96k Asian Alone residents (1.9%), 4.73k Two or More Races residents (1.51%), 1.74k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.556%), 1.05k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.334%), and 241 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0769%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in St. Lucie County, FL are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.7

51

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in St. Lucie County, FL was 45.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 51. But people in St. Lucie County, FL are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all St. Lucie County, FL residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

48.7k people

15.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

47.3k people

As of 2017, 15.5% of St. Lucie County, FL residents (48.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in St. Lucie County, FL was 15.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Cuba

    984,212 ± 23,779 people

  2. Haiti

    353,866 ± 14,481 people

  3. Colombia

    274,220 ± 12,772 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 984,212 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 353,866 and Colombia with 274,220.

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Citizenship

92.4%

2017 Citizenship

92.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.4% of St. Lucie County, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in St. Lucie County, FL was 92.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    180k ± 258

  2. Black or African American Alone

    60.3k ± 3.08k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    59.6k ± 4.08k

In 2017, there were 2.98 times more White Alone residents (180k people) in St. Lucie County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 60.3k Black or African American Alone and 59.6k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in St. Lucie County, FL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of St. Lucie County, FL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in St. Lucie County, FL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of St. Lucie County, FL are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,766 ± 1,622

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,449 ± 1,518

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,942 ± 804

St. Lucie County, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.83 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in St. Lucie County, FL awarded 5,504 degrees. The student population of St. Lucie County, FL is skewed towards women, with 7,539 male students and 11,588 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in St. Lucie County, FL are White (3,064 and 56.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,003 and 18.6%), Black or African American (924 and 17.1%), and Unknown (173 and 3.21%).

The largest universities in St. Lucie County, FL by number of degrees awarded are Indian River State College (5,065 and 92%), Fortis Institute-Port Saint Lucie (201 and 3.65%), and Virginia College-Fort Pierce (162 and 2.94%).

The most popular majors in St. Lucie County, FL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,134 and 38.8%), General Business Administration & Management (347 and 6.3%), and Registered Nursing (312 and 5.67%).

The median tuition costs in St. Lucie County, FL are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $2,496 and $9,360 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 2,134 degrees awarded

  2. 234 degrees awarded

  3. 66 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in St. Lucie County, FL was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 2,134 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in St. Lucie County, FL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,065 degrees awarded

  2. 201 degrees awarded

  3. 162 degrees awarded

$2,496

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the St. Lucie County, FL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Indian River State College with 5,065 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,181

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,323

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,181 men were awarded degrees from institutions in St. Lucie County, FL, which is 0.656 times less than the 3,323 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in St. Lucie County, FL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,064 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,003 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    924 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in St. Lucie County, FL were to White students. These 3,064 degrees mean that there were 3.05 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,003 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in St. Lucie County, FL was $179,700 in 2017, which is 0.826 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $166,500 to $179,700, a 7.93% increase. The homeownership rate in St. Lucie County, FL is 72.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in St. Lucie County, FL have an average commute time of 26.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in St. Lucie County, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$50,062

Median Household Income

± $2,826

114k

Number of Households

± 6,767

In 2017, the median household income of the 114k households in St. Lucie County, FL grew to $50,062 from the previous year's value of $44,804.

The following chart displays the households in St. Lucie County, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$179,700

2017 Median

± $12,842

$166,500

2016 Median

± $6,211

In 2017, the median property value in St. Lucie County, FL grew to to $179,700 from the previous year's value of $166,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in St. Lucie County, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In St. Lucie County, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in St. Lucie County, FL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In St. Lucie County, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

72.4%

2017 Homeownership

69.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.4% of the housing units in St. Lucie County, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in St. Lucie County, FL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in St. Lucie County, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in St. Lucie County, FL have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

26.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in St. Lucie County, FL have a longer commute time (26.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.15% of the workforce in St. Lucie County, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.7%

  2. Carpooled

    11.9%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.94%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in St. Lucie County, FL was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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