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Overview 

Fort Pierce is a city in Florida’s Central Atlantic Coast. With its year-round warmth, low cost of living, and beachfront entertainment, it has become a popular destination for active adults. Besides this, retirees love its museums, farmers market, and breweries.

Climate & Geography

Fort Pierce has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are mild and pleasant. Precipitation is heavy in the region, and the city receives 50 inches of rainfall each year.

Fort Pierce is approximately 20 miles from Port St. Lucie and is on the low-lying terrain of the Coastal Plain.

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment

With its year-round warmth, Fort Pierce offers retirees plenty of outdoor activities. Active adults enjoy walking along the water at Blind Creek and Pepper Park beaches and engaging in water sports at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and Jetty Park.

Retirees seeking a bit of history can head to the Navy SEAL Museum, which features both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Downtown Fort Pierce along the waterfront offers entertainment and shopping ranging from high-end boutiques to a Saturday farmers market. Other popular amenities include local vineyards and breweries, an aquarium, and botanical gardens.

Other popular Treasure Coast destinations, including Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie, are only a half-hour from Fort Pierce.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The overall cost of living in Fort Pierce is below the national average because of very low housing and transportation costs.

Florida is one of the few states with no income tax, meaning all forms of retirement income are untaxed. Property taxes are below average, and Florida offers an extra homestead exemption to qualifying retirees.

Health Care

The Port St. Lucie metro area scores very well on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 15 communities across the country.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institue in Fort Pierce is rated high performing by U.S. News. Other nearby high performing hospitals include St. Lucie Medical Center, Martin Medical Center, and Indian River Medical Center.

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