Valrico is a suburb of Tampa and, as of the 2000 census, had a population of 6,582 residing in an area of 5.7 square miles.  The population has increased significantly since then, with many new developments and planned communities built within its boundaries.

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.  Williams G. Tousey, a philosophy professor from Tufts College, gave the community its current name, Spanish for "rich valley".

The climate for Valrico is Semi-tropical with an average winter temperature of 62.5 degrees F and an average summer temperature of 81.4 degrees F. Riverview\'s average annual rainfall is 46.7 inches per year

Valrico Chamber of Commerce, In 1986 the Chamber was founded to enable local business leaders and the community to work together to encourage the growth of existing businesses and in fostering new ones. 

Valrico Park is located next to Valrico Elementary School. It is also a recreation center that offers an after-school and summer program for children ages 6 – 17. There is a playground, basketball courts and a large field for the kids to run around in.

Want a unique, fun activity for fall in the Valrico, FL area? Check out area apple picking orchards, apple farms and apple festivals.

Colleges/Universities nearest to Valrico:
University of South Florida
Hillsborough Community College
University of Tampa

Public schools in Valrico:
Alafia Elementary School  
Buckhorn Elementary School 
Cimino Elementary School
Lithia Springs Elementary School
Valrico Elementary School

Middle Schools in Valrico:
Mulrennan Middle School

High schools in Valrico:
Bloomingdale High School


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