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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 the beach or the intercoastal. 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 $165,216 in mid-2020.

What Is Special about Fort Pierce

Beautiful white sandy beaches; completely renovated 1925 City Hall; many housing opportunities for retirees; new and beautiful downtown public library; Sunrise Theatre; Indian Hills (Municipal) Golf Course; Fort Pierce City Marina; Weekly Farmers Market

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. See comments in the Forum about Ft. Pierce.  Hurricane season. Fort Pierce is far away from any big city (it is equidistant from Fort Lauderdale or Orlando)

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 is being restored and will soon serve as a regional performing arts center. The Port St. Lucie County Library has a magnificent branch in downtown Fort Pierce.


Crime in Fort Pierce is very high - it is currently about double the national average, though that is a very steep drop from staggering rates in the past ten 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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