PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — At the Tradition community here, joggers share the sidewalks with skinny-legged cranes, young parents bring their toddlers to the town square to learn how to walk and the homes lining the pristine streets are selling for about half of what they did a decade ago.
A young mother, who wanted to be known just as Nicole, has decided to sit this presidential election out.
"There is just so much controversy on both sides of it. I don't know who I would vote for, to be honest," she said.
Nicole grew up in this Atlantic coast city and watched her parents suffer through the recession. Just more than 10 percent of homeowners in the city of roughly 170,000 lost their homes to foreclosure, according to Attom Data Solutions.
One in 5 today still owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, more than twice the so-called underwater rate of the rest of the nation. Voters who are going to the polls here have their pocketbooks top of mind.