County Population: 151,263
Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound and Hutchinson Island, Martin County residents enjoy an exceptional quality of life. Here you will escape the concrete jungle. As soon as you travel over the county line, you’ll soon recognize the Martin County difference, and note the fact there are no buildings over four stories here!
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, former Governor of Florida. The County Seat is located in Stuart, the “Sailfish Capital of the World.”
Martin County is centrally located on the Treasure Coast. Within one hundred miles, you can access the attractions in Orlando and Miami. The county is known for its natural beauty. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Lake Okeechobee to the west. The community has a deep connection to water and the natural resources sustained by it. Martin County residents and visitors play on some of the finest beaches in the United States, and have access to a diverse array of waterways connecting to both the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. Easy access to the Gulf of Mexico from Martin County is possible through the Trans-Florida Canal, the only channel traveling east-west in the state.
There is a reason why the area was named one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns in America”, #3 “Best Small Town to visit”, and why it landed the #9 spot on the “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” list. The natural beauty and attractions here offer up a treasure trove of activities—minus the crowds of our next-door neighbors. Enjoy everything from rodeos to high-end shopping, art galleries, world-class fishing, one-of-a-kind museums and eco-friendly adventures. Martin County is home to approximately 148,000 residents.
Martin County’s schools are consistently highly-rated in the State of Florida. Public school offerings include 12 elementary, five middle, and three high schools, in addition to two charter schools and private schools.
Residents and visitors can enjoy more than 70 parks, including Indian RiverSide Park, Halpatiokee Regional Park and Sailfish Splash WaterPark. The popular Bathtub Reef Beach is located on south Hutchinson Island and is a family favorite.
MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Martin County is routinely among the highest rated school districts in Florida. It offers 12 elementary schools, five middle schools, five high schools, five special schools, two charter schools, and the Mosaic Digital Academy, offering K-12 Virtual School for both part time and full time virtual instruction through an online interface. The district also offers students hands-on environmental learning activities through the Environmental Studies Center. The school district serves nearly 19,000 students, and the student teacher ratio is 17:1.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN MARTIN COUNTY
There are 11 private schools in Martin County serving over 2,100 students. Among them are the Redeemer Lutheran School in Stuart, The Pine School (Episcopal) in Hobe Sound, and Hope Rural School in Indiantown.