Port St. Lucie is now the 8th largest city in Florida, according to Census Bureau

Port St. Lucie is now the eighth largest city in Florida, surpassing Fort Lauderdale, according to the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program.

With 179,413 people, the city rises from ninth place in the 2014 estimate, when it had a population of 174,110. The city grew 8.9 percent from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015.

The estimates are used in federal funding allocations.

The list of the top 10 Florida cities by population size as of July 1, 2015: 

  Name Population
Estimate (E)
2015-07-01
1 Jacksonville 868,031
2 Miami 441,003
3 Tampa 369,075
4 Orlando 270,934
5 St. Petersburg 257,083
6 Hialeah 237,069
7 Tallahassee 189,907
8 Port St. Lucie 179,413
9 Fort Lauderdale 178,590
10 Cape Coral 175,229

For perspective, it is interesting to note that Port St. Lucie has only 115.9 square miles of land while Jacksonville, the state's largest city by far, accounts for 747.0 square miles of land.

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