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United States Lifesaving Station was established on
Hutchinson Island, near Stuart. Today, the station is
known as Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge and is on the
National Register of Historic Places.
From 1893-1895, the area was called Potsdam. This
name was chosen by Otto Stypmann, a local
landowner originally from Potsdam, Germany.
Stypmann, with his brother Ernest, owned the land that
would become downtown Stuart. Potsdam was
renamed Stuart in 1895, after the establishment of the
Florida East Coast Railway, in honor of another local
landowner named Homer Hine Stuart, Jr.
When Stuart was incorporated as a town in 1914, it
was located in Palm Beach County. In 1925, Stuart
was chartered as a city and named the county seat of
the newly created Martin County.
The city of Stuart is known as the Sailfish Capital of
the World, because of the many sailfish found in the
ocean off Martin County.
Stuart riverwalk before damage by hurricane JeanneIn the 1700s, several Spanish galleons shipwrecked in the Martin
County area of Florida's Treasure Coast. The multiple wrecks were reportedly the result of a hurricane, and the ships
were carrying unknown quantities of gold and silver. Some of this treasure has since been recovered, and its presence
resulted in the region's name.
As of the census of 2000, there were
14,633 people, 7,220 households, and
population density was 2,320.5 people
per square mile (895.4/km²). There
were 8,777 housing units at an
(537.1/km²). The racial makeup of the
city was 83.30% White, 12.33%
African American, 0.26% Native
American, 0.66% Asian, 0.03%
Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other
races, and 1.46% from two or more
races. Hispanic or Latino of any race
were 6.29% of the population.
There were 7,220 households out of which 15.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were
married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.6% were
non-families. 46.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.1% had someone living alone who was 65
years of age or older. The average household size was 1.88 and the average family size was 2.60.
In the city the population was spread out with 14.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44,
21.2% from 45 to 64, and 32.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100
females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,574, and the median income for a family was $40,701.
Males had a median income of $29,151 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,139.
About 7.8% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age
18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.
Stuart is a city in Martin County, Florida, on Florida's
Treasure Coast. The population was 14,633 at the 2000
census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S.
Census Bureau is 15,728 . Stuart is the county seat of
Stuart is located at 27°11′32″N, 80°14′35″W (27.192163,
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has
a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.1 km²), of which, 6.3
square miles (16.3 km²) of it is land and 2.2 square miles
(5.7 km²) of it is water.