Valrico, Florida

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Valrico is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,582 at the 2000 census.



Valrico began as a region of cotton plantations known as Long Pond. The arrival of the Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad in 1890 brought many new immigrants from points north. William G. Tousey, a philosophy professor from Tufts College, gave the community its current name, Spanish for "rich valley".


Valrico is located at 27°56′27″N 82°14′33″W / 27.94083°N 82.2425°W / 27.94083; -82.2425 (27.940774, -82.242551)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.7 km²), of which, 5.6 square miles (14.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.41%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,582 people, 2,632 households, and 1,826 families residing in the community. The population density was 1,176.9 people per square mile (454.6/km²). There were 2,831 housing units at an average density of 506.2/sq mi (195.5/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 89.32% White, 3.21% African American, 0.49% Native American, 1.47% Asian, 3.57% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.82% of the population.

There were 2,632 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.99.

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