The city of Stuart is located in Martin County and is also its main seat. Established in 1925, it remains cited as one of the best small towns to visit in the country. The city is also known as the sailfish capital of the world.
The city’s population has dramatically increased since the 1980’s. In 2010 it had approximately 8,800 housing units. This makes the city small in comparison to many other larger cities in the state.
Stuart and the rest of Martin counties have a tropical rainforest climate. Like the majority of the state, it has noticeable precipitation, primarily in the summer. It is prone to severe storms as well as hurricanes and tropical storms. Flood damage is also a concern in many low lying areas.