Stuart, Florida, a quaint, bustling little town of 16,000 located on Florida’s Treasure Coast is famous for its pristine beaches, crystal clear water, and world-class fishing. Known as the Sailfish Capital of the World, Stuart’s excellent schools, business-friendly economy, and affordable cost of living, coupled with an amazing assemblage of shopping, dining, and entertainment amenities, make it a popular destination for residents and visitors alike.
Home to one of Florida’s top-ranked school systems, Stuart boasts a graduation rate of nearly 90%. Low unemployment and recent positive job growth contribute to an overall healthy economy based primarily in retail, hospitality, and health care. The civilian work force is comprised of 57% of the overall population, due in part to the large number of retirees living in Stuart.
The city’s historic downtown district is home to more than fifty shops, boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. The historic Lyric Theater, a renovated circa-1926 concert hall listed on the National Register of Historic Places is located there, as is the Stuart Riverwalk, a two-mile stretch of boardwalk paralleling the St. Lucie River that features a riverfront stage, fishing pier, casual and fine dining, and more.
Visitors will find affordable lodging at any number of mid-priced hotel chains scattered throughout the area, as well as luxury accommodations at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina, with in-season rates starting at $279 and off-season rates starting at $159. Popular restaurants include the Riverwalk Cafe, Alice’s Family Restaurant, and Flagler Grill.
Located on U.S. Route 1 and easily accessible via I-95, State Route A1A, and the Florida Turnpike, Stuart’s big city amenities and small town charm make it a great place to live or visit on Florida’s Treasure Coast!