Port St Lucie, FL
Port St. Lucie is a city in St. Lucie County, Florida, in the United States. The population of Port St. Lucie was 164,603 at the 2010 census due to its rapid growth during the 2000s. In 2013 the state of Florida estimated the city's population at 171,016. Port St. Lucie forms part of a metropolitan area called the Port St. Lucie, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area that in 2013 was estimated to have 438,095 residents. As of est. population in 2015 the city had 179,413 residents surpassing Fort Lauderdale in population. Port St. Lucie was a largely uninhabited tract of land south of White City, Florida in the 1950s, composed of a fishing camp, a few farms and businesses near US 1. In 1958, with a budget of $50 million, the General Development Corporation (GDC) purchased the River Park development and 40,000 acres (160km2) along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. In 1959, the GDC opened its first bridge over the St. Lucie River, allowing for direct automobile access to Port St. Lucie.