Fort Pierce is located in the eastern-central part of the state of Florida and a city and seat of St. Lucie County. It sits on the Indian River wherein a lagoon connects to the Atlantic Ocean by inlets, and is in the northern part of West Palm Beach. The first and permanent settlements in the area started in the fort site around the 1860s, and the small fishing village called Edgarton and an oyster cannery were then established after. Pineapple farming was also a thriving factor in the city’s economic growth that was then replaced later on by citrus farming. Agriculture, mainly cattle and citrus, fishing, light industry, and food processing was the basis of the area’s economy. Services, including tourism and electronic retailing, also became an important factor of the area's economic activity. Fort Pierce was also the site of Indian River Community College and there were a number of artifacts that have been recovered from a sunken Spanish treasure fleet that disappeared in 1715 during a hurricane. Fort Pierce only had 300 pioneers when it was incorporated in 1901, but it now has 41, 000 residents spread out across 29 miles. Diverse yet neighborly, For Pierce is bursting with old Florida charm while welcoming revitalization and new development. It’s considered one of the most affordable beach towns in the state. The historic waterfront downtown is a magnet for tourists and locals who want a taste of great fishing, contemporary shopping centers, awesome food, and unique activities like the Jazz Market, Bike Night, the Farmer’s Market, and Friday Fest. Fort Pierece also owns the Sunrise Theater, a historic 1, 200-seat center for performing arts. The city’s downtown Main Street is considered one of the top 50 in the US. While the area’s average income is lower relative to Florida, it makes up for it with accessible housing process, safe neighborhoods, and never-ending excitement complemented by rural elegance.
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