Port Salerno, Florida

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Port Salerno is a census-designated place (CDP) in Martin County, Florida, United States. The population was 10,141 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Port Salerno is located at 27°8′39″N 80°11′30″W / 27.14417°N 80.19167°W / 27.14417; -80.19167 (27.144090, -80.191765)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (9.95%) is water.


In the 1920s was created a small settlement in the southern shores of St. Lucie river inlet. It was named "Salerno" because the main settlers were emigrants from the Italian city of Salerno.

The area increased in population and importance after WWII, with many snowbirds from the northeast moving to live in warm Florida. In 1960 the name was changed to Port Salerno, in order to differentiate it from that of the Italian city of Salerno.

In the 1980s the "Chastain Campus" of the Indian River State College was created. Port Salerno is known for the "World Fishing Tournaments" based on the yacht port.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 10,141 people, 4,466 households, and 2,862 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,803.2 people per square mile (1,081.6/km²). There were 5,126 housing units at an average density of 1,416.9/sq mi (546.7/km²).

The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.50% White, 6.95% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 2.27% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.16% of the population.

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