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Martin County, Florida
Seal of Martin County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Martin County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the U.S. highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Seat Stuart
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

753 sq mi (1,950 km²)
556 sq mi (1,440 km²)
197 sq mi (510 km²), 26.19%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

126,731
228/sq mi (88/km²)
Founded May 30, 1925
Named for John W. Martin
Website www.martin.fl.us

Martin County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 126,731. The U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimate for the county is 138,660.[1] Its county seat is Stuart, Florida.

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History

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.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 753 square miles (1,950 km2), of which 556 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 197 square miles (510 km2) is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Okeechobee. The total area is 26.19% water.

Martin County is part of the Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[2] 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 2005 the county population was 83.9% non-Hispanic white, 9.1% Latino and 5.5% African-American. (Source=http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/12085.html)

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.

Government

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

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, Vice Chair
  • 2. Susan Valliere, Chair
  • 3. Patrick Hayes
  • 4. Sarah Heard
  • 5. Ed Ciampi

Constitutional Officers

The elected Constitutional Officers are:

  • Clerk (Clerk of Courts, County Clerk, etc.): Marsha Ewing
  • Property Appraiser: Laurel Kelly
  • Sheriff: Robert Crowder
  • 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, Nancy Kline (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. Lorie Shekailo
    • 2. Sue Hershey
    • 3. Laurie Gaylord, Chair
    • 4. Maura Barry-Sorenson
    • 5. Dr. David Anderson

Cities, towns and other places

Downtown Stuart, in the heart of the county seat

Incorporated

  1. Town of Jupiter Island
  2. Town of Ocean Breeze Park
  3. Town of Sewall's Point
  4. City of Stuart

Unincorporated

Sunset from the intracoastal waterway at Hobe Sound

Attractions

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:[4]

  • All Saints Episcopal Church, Waveland (Jensen Beach, Florida), 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, 1905
  • 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

References

External links

View of St. Lucie River and Stuart from Sewall's Point
View of St. Lucie Inlet and Sailfish Point
St. Lucie Locks and Dam

Governmental

Non-governmental

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


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Martin County, Florida
File:Martin County fl seal.png
Map
File:Map of Florida highlighting Martin County.png
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the USA highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded May 30 1925
Seat Stuart
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 26.19%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

126731
Website: www.martin.fl.us
Named for: John W. Martin

Martin County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 126,731. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 139,728 [1]. Its county seat is Stuart.

Contents

History

Martin County was created in 1925 with the present day Northwest and Northeast quadants coming from St, Lucie County and the Southwest and Southeast quadrants coming from Palm Beach County. It was named for John W. Martin, Governor of Florida from 1925 to 1929.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,950 km² (753 sq mi). 1,439 km² (556 sq mi) of it is land and 511 km² (197 sq mi) of it is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Okeechobee. The total area is 26.19% water.

Martin County is part of the Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 126,731 people, 55,288 households, and 36,213 families residing in the county. The population density was 88/km² (228/sq mi). There were 65,471 housing units at an average density of 46/km² (118/sq mi). 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 2005 the county population was 83.9% non-Hispanic white, 9.1% Latino and 5.5% African-American. (Source=http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/12085.html)

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.

Government

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

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. Susan Valliere, Vice Chair
  • 3. Lee Weberman
  • 4. Sarah Heard
  • 5. Michael DiTerlizzi,

Constitutional Officers

The elected Constitutional Officers are:

  • Clerk (Clerk of Courts, County Clerk, etc.): Marsha Ewing
  • Property Appraiser: Laurel Kelly
  • Sheriff: Robert Crowder
  • Supervisor of Elections: Vicki Davis
  • Tax Collector: Larry C. O'Steen

School District

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

  • The Superintendent, Sara A. Wilcox, 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. Lorie Shekailo
    • 2. Sue Hershey
    • 3. Laurie Gaylord (Chair)
    • 4. Nancy Kline (Vice-Chair)
    • 5. David Anderson

Cities, towns and other places

File:StuartFlorida-skyline.jpg

Incorporated

  1. Town of Jupiter Island
  2. Town of Ocean Breeze Park
  3. Town of Sewall's Point
  4. City of Stuart

Unincorporated

File:HobeSoundFlorida-sunset.jpg

Attractions

Registered Historic Places in Martin County

References

External links

File:St. lucie river from sp.jpg File:St Lucie Inlet aerial view.jpg File:USACE St Lucie Lock and Dam.jpg

Governmental

Non-governmental

Coordinates: 27°05′N 80°24′W / 27.08, -80.40

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Martin County, Florida
Map

Location in the state of Florida

Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded May 30, 1925
Seat Stuart
Largest City Stuart
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

753 sq mi (1,950 km²)
556 sq mi (1,440 km²)
197 sq mi (510 km²), 26.19%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

126,731
228/sq mi (88/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.martin.fl.us/
Named for: John W. Martin

Martin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida, and was formed on June 13, 1915. As of 2000, the population is 170,498. Martin County's seat is Stuart. The county is named after John W. Martin.

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