Martin County, Florida
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Martin County, Florida
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Martin County Courthouse
Seal of Martin County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Martin County
Location in the U.S. state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded May 30, 1925
Named for John W. Martin
Seat Stuart
Largest community Palm City
 o Total 753 sq mi (1,950 km2)
 o Land 543 sq mi (1,406 km2)
 o Water 209 sq mi (541 km2), 27.8%
Population (est.)
 o (2017) 159,923[1]
 o Density 295/sq mi (114/km2)
Congressional district 18th
Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Martin County is a county located in the Treasure Coast region in the state of Florida, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 146,318.[2] Its county seat is Stuart.[3]

Martin County is in the Port St. Lucie, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Martin County was created in 1925 with the northern portion coming from St. Lucie County and southern portion coming from Palm Beach County. It was named for John W. Martin, Governor of Florida from 1925 to 1929.

When the county was created, the western contour followed the shore of Lake Okeechobee, as did the borders of Glades, Okeechobee, and Hendry counties. Palm Beach County had historically claimed all of the surface of the lake as part of its area, to its benefit for the distribution of state and federal highway funds. The state representative of Martin County, William Ralph Scott of Stuart, initiated a bill to divide the lake among its adjacent counties, creating a more equitable distribution of state funds for road creation and maintenance. All bordering counties confirmed the justice of this change and supported its ratification, with the exception of Palm Beach County. Representatives from Palm Beach County later presented Representative William Scott with a jug of water, signifying "all the water Bill Scott left Palm Beach County." The jug is in the possession of Stuart Heritage.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 753 square miles (1,950 km2), of which 543 square miles (1,410 km2) is land and (27.8%) is water.[4] It is the fifth-largest county in Florida by land area, and fifty-third largest by total area.

Adjacent counties

National protected area


Martin County Shore Protection Project

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Martin County Shore Protection Project includes nourishment of approximately 3.75 miles of beach extending from the St. Lucie County line south to the Stuart Public Beach Park in Martin County. Included in the project is restoration of the primary dune and a 35-foot-wide protective berm. The renourishment interval for this project is every 7 years.[5]

The last renourishment of the Martin County Shore Protection Project was completed in May 2013 and included a Flood Control and Coastal Emergency component due impacts incurred with the passage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The next renourishment event is scheduled for 2019.[5]

The estimated total cost of this project is $69.9 million, $32.5 million of which is to be paid for by the U.S. Federal Government. In Fiscal Year 2015, no funding was appropriated to the project by the U.S. Congress. In the Fiscal Year 2016 U.S. President's Budget Request to the U.S. Congress, no funding dollars was requested for the project.[5]


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 126,731 people, 55,288 households, and 36,213 families residing in the county. The population density was 228 per square mile (88/km2). There were 65,471 housing units at an average density of 118 per square mile (46/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.88% White, 5.27% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.72% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 7.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2000 there were 55,288 households out of which 21.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.50% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the county, the population was spread out with 18.60% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 28.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,083, and the median income for a family was $53,244. Males had a median income of $36,133 versus $27,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $29,584. About 5.60% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.80% of those under age 18 and 5.20% of those age 65 or over.



Major highways


The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail, passes through Martin County.


Martin County is a non-chartered county and its form of government is prescribed by the Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes, as follows:

Board of County Commissioners

Tabebuia off Savanna Road in Jensen Beach. April 2010. Typical of such trees blooming throughout Martin county in the spring

The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative body of the county and has charge of all county executive and administrative functions, except those assigned by the Constitution to independent county officers or to the independent school district. The board also has some quasi-judicial functions. Some of functions exercised by the board are county-wide, while others are applicable only in the unincorporated areas of the county, where the board has many of the functions of a municipality. The county commissioners are elected by county-wide vote, but each one represents a specific district. The board appoints the county administrator who is responsible to it for the day-to-day operations of the county government. The current county commissioners by district number are:

  • 1. Doug Smith, Chair
  • 2. Ed Fielding
  • 3. Herold Jenkins
  • 4. Sarah Heard
  • 5. Edward Ciampi, Vice Chair

Constitutional Officers

The elected Constitutional Officers are:

  • Clerk (Clerk of Courts, County Clerk, etc.): Carolyn Timmann
  • Property Appraiser: Laurel Kelly
  • Sheriff: William Snyder
  • Supervisor of Elections: Vicki Davis
  • Tax Collector: Ruth Pietruszewski

School District

The independent Martin County School District has an elected Superintendent of Schools and elected School Board, as follows:

  • The Superintendent, Laurie Gaylord (R), is the chief administrator of the district.
  • The School Board is the legislative body of the district and also exercises quasi-judicial powers. School Board members are elected county wide but each one represents a specific district. The current board members by district are:
    • 1. Michael Busha, Co-chair
    • 2. Marsha Powers
    • 3. Rebecca Negron
    • 4. Maura Barry-Sorenson, Chair
    • 5. Michael DiTerlizzi

Electoral Politics

Martin County, a little removed from the left-leaning, more urban counties to the immediate south (Broward, Dade, Palm Beach), is a long-standing Republican stronghold which has not supported a Democrat for the White House since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944, and, unlike the counties to the south, retains somewhat of its Southern culture and tinge, though it has long since departed from supporting Conservative Democrats both Federally, Statewide and Locally.

Presidential elections results
Martin County Presidential elections results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Other
2016 61.41% 53,204 34.84% 30,185 3.74% 3,244
2012 60.96% 48,183 38.09% 30,107 0.95% 747
2008 56.22% 44,143 42.67% 33,508 1.11% 871
2004 57.09% 41,362 41.69% 30,208 1.22% 883
2000 54.78% 33,972 42.93% 26,621 2.29% 1,423
1996 52.18% 28,522 38.16% 20,855 9.66% 5,279
1992 46.63% 24,800 27.83% 14,802 25.53% 13,582
1988 72.60% 31,279 26.66% 11,488 0.73% 316
1984 76.28% 28,900 23.70% 8,978 0.02% 9
1980 68.05% 20,521 26.82% 8,087 5.13% 1,546
1976 56.28% 11,682 42.33% 8,785 1.39% 289
1972 78.83% 11,296 20.56% 2,946 0.61% 88
1968 50.63% 5,179 25.22% 2,580 24.15% 2,471
1964 54.24% 4,292 45.76% 3,621
1960 58.15% 3,701 41.85% 2,664
1956 68.36% 2,997 31.64% 1,387
1952 64.65% 2,308 35.35% 1,262
1948 44.84% 948 38.55% 815 16.60% 351
1944 35.57% 530 64.43% 960
1940 36.93% 596 63.07% 1,018
1936 29.59% 327 70.41% 778
1932 31.48% 379 68.52% 825
1928 58.05% 703 39.14% 474 2.81% 34


The Martin County Library System has 7 branches.

  • Blake Library
  • Elizabeth Lahti Library
  • Hobe Sound Public Library
  • Hoke Library
  • Peter & Julie Cummings Library
  • Robert Morgade Library
  • Law Library


Florida panther at Possum Long, September, 1992

Historic areas

On the National Register of Historic Places:

Other historic areas listed in 1989 by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects:[15]

  • All Saints Episcopal Church, Waveland, 2377 N.E. Patrician Street, 1898,
  • Bay Tree Lodge (Kiplinger House), 143 S. River Road (originally 104 S. Sewall's Point Road), Sewall's Point, 1909
  • Dudley-Bessey House, 110 S.W. Atlanta Avenue, Stuart, 1909
  • Dyer Homestead, 1006 S.W. St. Lucie Crescent, Stuart, 1904
  • Feroe Building, 73 S.W. Flagler Avenue, corner of St. Lucie, Stuart, 1913
  • France Apartments, 524 St. Lucie Crescent, Stuart, 1927
  • Golden Gate Building, 3225 S.E. Dixie Highway in Golden Gate south of Stuart, 1925
  • Kitching House, 210 S.W. Atlanta Avenue, Stuart, 1894
  • Stuart Feed Store, 101 S.W. Flagler Avenue, Stuart, 1905
  • Sunrise Inn, S.E. Old St. Lucie Boulevard, Port Sewall. ca. 1925 (demolished)
  • John E. Taylor House, 204 S.E. Atlanta Avenue, Stuart, 1914

Other places listed in 2012 by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in its Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.[16]


Downtown Stuart, in the heart of the county seat




Census-designated places

Sunset from the Intracoastal Waterway at Hobe Sound

Other unincorporated places


See also


  1. ^,charlottecountyflorida/PST045217
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ a b c "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fact Sheet - Martin County Shore Protection Project" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Naked Lady Ranch Airport
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2018. 
  14. ^ Audubon of Martin County: Possum Long Nature Center Archived 2008-10-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture, 1989, Gainesville: University of Florida Press, p. 137, ISBN 0-8130-0941-3
  16. ^ "Start Voting for Your Favorite Florida Architecture!". 2017 People's Choice Award (Florida Architecture). Retrieved 2018. 

External links

Official website

Coordinates: 27°05?N 80°24?W / 27.08°N 80.40°W / 27.08; -80.40

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