Towns include: Port St. Lucie, Lakewood Park
Job growth (2000-2006): 45.8%
Tourism is the engine that drives the local economy and business has never been so good. In the past five years, 20 percent population growth has helped create thousands of construction jobs and overall wages have grown nearly 30 percent. The land subdivision industry - architects, contractors and others involved on the business end - pays an average of $180,000 here.