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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Fort Pierce, Florida

Fort Pierce, the Sunrise City, is a striving and vigorous community mid-way down the east coast of Florida.  There are many miles of unspoiled beaches along the ocean, plus plenty of waterways connected to the intercoastal. The downtown, located on the riverfront of the Indian River Lagoon and a waterfront park, has excellent shopping, dining and a range of entertainment activities. Main Street Fort Pierce, Inc., a comprehensive revitalization program designed to encourage economic development in conjunction with historic preservation, has been very successful in reviving the downtown.

Where to Retire in Fort Pierce and Home Prices

Retirees who live in Fort Pierce find it is possible to live near the water either by the beach or the Intracoastal Waterway. There are many apartment buildings that offer carefree living and varying degrees of amenities. Or retirees can choose to live in one of the many gated communities in the town or surrounding area. According to Zillow, the median home value was $269,287 in early 2023.

What Is Special about Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce boasts beautiful white sandy beaches, the Fort Pierce City Marina a beautiful downtown public library and completely renovated 1925 City Hall, along with the Sunrise Theatre, Indian Hills (Municipal) Golf Course, and a Weekly Farmers Market. Fort Pierce also offers many housing opportunities for retirees.

What Is Not Special about Fort Pierce

Some people like Fort Pierce and others don't. There is some crime and poverty. Compared to some neighboring towns it is not as prosperous. Fort Pierce is far away from any big city (it is equidistant from Fort Lauderdale or Orlando -approximately 110 miles.)

Climate and Physical Environment

Fort Pierce is midway down the east coast of Florida. It is flat with the Atlantic Ocean on the East with business and real estate development to the west. Winters are warm and summers are hot and wet.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fort Pierce is proud to have a number of educational and research facilities, including: Indian River Community College, the $6 million Smithsonian Institution Research Center, the Manatee Observation and Education Center and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The historic,1,200 seat Sunrise Theatre serves as a regional performing arts center and features a variety of performances. The Port St. Lucie County Library has a magnificent branch in downtown Fort Pierce.


Crime in Fort Pierce is higher than the national average - but the city's crime rate has continually improved over the last several years.

Medical Facilities

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center


Vero Beach Muni is 16 miles away. Melbourne International is 50 miles away. Palm Beach International Airport is 56 miles away

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