Rio, Florida

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Rio is a census-designated place (CDP) in Martin County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,028 at the 2000 census. Rio is pronounced locally as if it were spelled "Rye-oh." It is part of the Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Rio proper was platted as Rio St. Lucie, but the post office established on March 24, 1893 was called Rio San Lucie. On December 1, 1897, the post office name was shortened to Rio. The Rio post office was discontinued on March 15, 1902, with the area being taken over by the post office at Goslingville, which was located on the narrow peninsula just north of the present day Roosevelt Bridge. On April 6, 1904, the Rio post office was reactivated and it continued until October 15, 1927, when it was added to the post office at Jensen now known as Jensen Beach.[3]


Rio is located at 27°13′6″N 80°14′24″W / 27.21833°N 80.24°W / 27.21833; -80.24 (27.218419, -80.240037)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (56.04%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,028 people, 495 households, and 283 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,568.5 people per square mile (992.3/km²). There were 622 housing units at an average density of 1,554.1/sq mi (600.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.96% White, 0.49% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

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