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Housing Profile
St. Lucie County, Florida
  • Population, 2016: 292828. St. Lucie County ranks # 21 of Florida's 67 counties in population.
  • Households, 2016: 116354
  • Homeownership Rate, 2016: 75.0%. Statewide, Florida's homeownership rate is 67.8%.
Population Projections
  • In 2040, St. Lucie County is projected to have a population of 428198, ranking it # 20 of Florida's 67 counties.

Projected Total Population, St. Lucie County, 2010-2040

Place 2010 2016 2020 2025 2030 20352040
St. Lucie County 277789 292828 318600 349901 377998 404100 428198
Notes:  Not Available.
Sources:  University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, Population Projections; U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Decennial Census.
Housing Market

Existing Home Values (Based on County Property Appraisers' Just Value)

  • Single Family Home, average just value, 2016: $142827. (Statewide, the average just value of a single family home in Florida in 2016 was $219681).
  • Mobile Home, average just value, 2016: $74984.
  • Condominium, average just value, 2016: $149074.

Home Sales Prices

  • The average sales price for a single family home was $194467 in 2016. The median sales price that year was $177000, compared to a statewide median sales price of $212000.

    Source: Florida Department of Revenue, Sales Data Files

Median Sales Price for Single Family Homes and Condominiums, St. Lucie County, 1996-2016

Place Housing Type 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 20152016
St. Lucie County Condominiums 85000 96000 88000 95000 96900 102500 132000 171000 179900 216950 243000 235000 180000 129000 121000 105000 119900 131500 140200 130000 136500
St. Lucie County Single Family Homes 70000 75500 79100 83000 85000 97750 114100 139800 174900 232000 249500 229900 148000 120000 107000 105000 110000 125500 148300 169000 177000
Notes:  Not applicable
Sources:  Florida Department of Revenue, Sales Data Files

Median Gross Rent, St. Lucie County, Florida, 2011-2015 American Community Survey

Place Median Gross RentState Median Gross Rent
St. Lucie County, Florida 993 1002
Notes:  American Community Survey is based on a sample of households and therefore involves a margin of error. To find the margin of error for this and other ACS-based tables, see the General Unit Characteristics tool. A "-" indicates that the value in the ACS is not statistically significant from zero.
Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File
  • In St. Lucie County and the surrounding metro area, the HUD Fair Market Rent in 2017, representing rent for a typical modest apartment, was $801 for a studio apartment, $831 for a one-bedroom, $1034 for a two-bedroom, $1444 for a three-bedroom, and $1777 for a four-bedroom unit.

    Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2016 Fair Market Rents

Households by Monthly Rent Paid, St. Lucie County, 2011-2015

Place <$200 $200-$299 $300-$499 $500-$749 $750-$999 $1,000-$1,499 $1,500-$1,999 $2,000-$2,499 $2,500-$2,999 $3,000-$3,499 $3,500 or More No Cash RentTotal
St. Lucie County 354 409 1270 4368 7457 10700 2309 175 71 115 52 2038 29318
Notes:  American Community Survey is based on a sample of households and therefore involves a margin of error. To find the margin of error for this and other ACS-based tables, see the General Unit Characteristics tool. A "-" indicates that the value in the ACS is not statistically significant from zero.
Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File

Manufactured Housing Parks and Condominiums

  • There are 29 licensed manufactured housing parks in St. Lucie with 7912 lots in 2012.
  • There are 180 licensed condominium developments in St. Lucie with 16256 units in 2012. Of these, 10 properties with 815 units were converted from rental to condo.

    Source: Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Home Purchase Loans by Property Type, St. Lucie County, 2005-2015

Application Count
Place County Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 20142015
St. Lucie County St. Lucie One to four-family (other than manufactured housing) 16519 12700 5352 3335 3207 2556 2188 4044 4754 6363 7419
St. Lucie County St. Lucie Manufactured housing 193 144 156 59 28 12 17 29 36 39 50
St. Lucie County St. Lucie Multifamily 7 8 7 1 2 3 1 7 4 7 12
Notes:  Shows loan applications resulting in loan origination only. For more information, see HMDA User Guide
Sources:  Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data 2005-2015

Foreclosures and Serious Delinquencies

  • The Ft. Pierce-Port St. Lucie MSA had a foreclosure rate for 1-4 unit homes of 9.65% and a serious delinquency (90+ day) rate of 3.49% in September 2013.

    Source: Analysis of LPI Applied Analytics data by LISC, tabulated by the Urban Institute
Affordable Housing Needs

Cost Burden, General

  • "Cost-burdened" households pay more than 30% of income for rent or mortgage costs. In 2016, 50991 St. Lucie County households (44%) pay more than 30% of income for housing. By comparison, 42% of households statewide are cost-burdened.
  • 26400 households in St. Lucie County (23%) pay more than 50% of income for housing.

Households by Cost Burden, St. Lucie County, 2016

Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-50%50% or more
Total 65363 24591 26400
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.
Homeowners and Renters

Households by Homeowner/Renter Status and Cost Burden, St. Lucie County, 2016

Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-50%50% or more
Owner 53690 16950 16596
Renter 11673 7641 9804
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Household Income

  • In the following table, household income is measured as a percentage of the median income for the county or area, adjusted for family size. In St. Lucie County and the surrounding metro area, the HUD-estimated median income for a family of four is $58000 in 2017.

Households by Income and Cost Burden, St. Lucie County, 2016

Household Income as Percentage of Area Median Income Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-50%50% or more
<=30% AMI 1280 584 10390
30.01-50% AMI 2659 2953 6833
50.01-80% AMI 7254 6552 5484
80.01+% AMI 54170 14502 3693
Total 65363 24591 26400
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Elderly Households

  • 39052 households in St. Lucie County (33.6%) are headed by a person age 65 or older in 2016. In comparison, 30.1% of households statewide are headed by elderly persons.
  • 34709 of elderly households in St. Lucie (88.9%) own their homes.
  • 13056 elderly households (33%) pay more than 30% of income for rent or mortgage costs.

Elderly Households by Age and Cost Burden, St. Lucie County, 2016

Age of Householder Amount of Income Paid for Housing
0-30% 30-49.9%50+ %
65 or more 25996 6363 6693
Notes:  Click here to get household projections by tenure, age of householder, income, and cost burden.
Sources:   Not Available.

Supply Characteristics

Single Family Home Size and Age

  • In 2016, the median size for a new single-family home in St. Lucie County was 1754 square feet.

Year Structure Built, St. Lucie County, 2011-2015 American Community Survey

Place Number Share by Decade
2010 or After 2000-2009 1990-1999 1980-1989 1970-1979 1960-1969 1950-1959 1940-1949 1939 or Earlier Total 2010 or After 2000-2009 1990-1999 1980-1989 1970-1979 1960-19691959 or Earlier
St. Lucie County 1169 43754 24674 34468 18914 7046 4622 1098 1458 137203 0.9 31.9 18.0 25.1 13.8 5.1 5.2
Notes:  American Community Survey is based on a sample of households and therefore involves a margin of error. To find the margin of error for this and other ACS-based tables, see the General Unit Characteristics tool. A "-" indicates that the value in the ACS is not statistically significant from zero.
Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File

Housing Condition Characteristics (Occupied Units), St. Lucie County, 2011-2015 American Community Survey

Place Persons Per Room House Heating Fuel Kitchen Facilities Plumbing Facilities
1.01 or More Persons per Room Share of Occupied Units (%) No Fuel Used Share of Occupied Units (%) Lacking Complete Facilities Share of Occupied Units (%) Lacking Complete FacilitiesShare of Occupied Units (%)
St. Lucie County 2392 2.2 1130 1.0 2817 2.1 1529 1.1
Notes:  Housing units are considered to be substandard if they are overcrowded, do not have heat, or lack complete kitchens or plumbing.
American Community Survey is based on a sample of households and therefore involves a margin of error. To find the margin of error for this and other ACS-based tables, see the General Unit Characteristics tool. A "-" indicates that the value in the ACS is not statistically significant from zero.
Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Summary File