For Hometown News
PORT ST. LUCIE -- For the third time since October, Port St. Lucie has been ranked as a top place to live or do business, with a new Forbes.com list now naming the city as one of the 25 Best Places to Retire in 2014.
The new listing cites Port St. Lucie's "Warm coastal climate, above average air quality, cost of living 5 percent below national average, typical home price $140,000, (and) low crime rate," as key reasons for the ranking.
Last October, Forbes also selected Port St. Lucie as one of the 200 best places in the country for business and careers, based on cost of business, job growth and education data.
The newest Forbes accolade comes less than two weeks after national online real estate brokerage Movoto.com ranked Port St. Lucie number one on a list of the 10 best places to live in Florida, based on the city's low crime rate, cost of living, housing and other factors.
"There's no doubt about it that these national rankings show we are a city on our way up," said Mayor JoAnn Faiella. "Entrepreneurs are noticing, retailers are noticing and even international business leaders like Elon Musk at Tesla Motors are noticing. It's an exciting time to be a Port St. Lucie resident or business owner."
Other reasons Port St. Lucie has been getting attention include:
Strong bond ratings from three major national financial firms
Several square miles of shovel-ready large parcels prominently visible along I-95
Easy access to I-95 and the Florida Turnpike
Excellent infrastructure, with modern water and sewer utilities and resources
Central location within a 2- to 3-hour drive to 11 million Floridians
Projected growth in population to 400,000 over the next 20 years
For more information, visit www.cityofpsl.com.