Riverview, Hillsborough County, Florida

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Riverview, Florida
Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida
Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida
Country United States
State Florida
Counties Hillsborough
 • Total 9.4 sq mi (24.4 km2)
 • Land 9.1 sq mi (23.7 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 71,050
 • Density 1,280.3/sq mi (493.2/km2)

Riverview is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is located near Brandon. The population was 71,050 at the 2010 census.[1]

Many of Tampa Bay's radio and television stations broadcast from an antenna farm in the Riverview area, on Boyette Road, southeast of town. Riverview is home to Bell Creek Nature Preserve.[2]


Riverview was founded in 1885 on the Alafia River's north shore. However, in the 1830s settlers arrived on the south side of the river formerly known as Peru (pronounced Pe-Roo) because Peru was an Indian name for straight part of the river. Peru existed for nearly 100 years, it was one of the oldest settlements in central Florida; according to the Sunland Tribune: Journal of the Tampa Historical Society, November 1992. It wasn't until the 1940s that Riverview absorbed Peru, and now claims the south side of the Alafia river. The Peruvian Mining Company, which mined phosphate from the Alafia took its name from the settlement of Peru. The term Alafia is translated as "River of Fire" due to the phosphorus on the early riverbottom glowing at night. The area's first school was built in 1893, inside the Peru Baptist Church. The area called Riverview began to be populated on the north side of the river. The two communities were connected by a river ferry. Soon after a bridge was constructed from sections of a bridge that once spanned the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. The Post Office periodically was moved from the Riverview side to the Peru side of the river and back, causing much tension. The Riverview name eventually came into usage in the early 1940s by the post office to relieve just such confusion with the mail. Peru has disappeared from all but the earliest maps, much to pioneer families' dismay. Some of Peru's or Riverview's settlers include the Barnes, Bourgees, Boyettes, Buzbees, Hackneys, Hartleys, Mansfields, Moodys, Scotts, Topes, Thompsons, Whitts, and the Yeomans. The area founded by the Boyette family is now Boyette, Florida. The very first commercial poultry farm in Florida was established by Emmet and Myrtle Tope in Riverview in 1921.


Riverview is located at 27°52′25″N 82°19′12″W / 27.873478°N 82.320050°W / 27.873478; -82.320050Coordinates: 27°52′25″N 82°19′12″W / 27.873478°N 82.320050°W / 27.873478; -82.320050.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 24.4 km² (9.4 mi²), of which 23.7 km² (9.1 mi²) is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) (3.08%) is water. Riverview is a suburb southeast of Tampa, south of Brandon, east of Gibsonton and north of Ruskin.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 2,225
1990 6,478
2000 12,035 85.8%
2010 71,050 490.4%
Riverview Demographics
2010 Census Riverview Hillsborough County Florida
Total population 71,050 1,229,226 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +490.4% +23.1% +17.6%
Population density 1,538.1/sq mi 1,204.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 70.2% 71.3% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 56.8% 53.7% 57.9%
Black or African-American 17.0% 16.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 21.0% 24.9% 22.5%
Asian 3.1% 3.4% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 4.0% 3.1% 2.5%
Some Other Race 5.2% 5.0% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 27,513 households out of which 11.0% were vacant. As of 2000, 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.02.

In 2000, the community the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the community was $51,016, and the median income for a family was $58,417. Males had a median income of $40,297 versus $28,036 for females. The per capita income for the community was $23,302. 6.8% of the population and 4.8% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.1% are under the age of 18 and 4.4% are 65 or older.


As of 2000, prior to the population's explosion and diversity of 2010 and the CDP's boundaries greatly expanded, English spoken as a first language accounted for 92.37% of all residents, while 7.62% spoke other languages as their mother tongue. The most significant were Spanish speakers who made up 6.89% of the population, while French and Italian tied in third, at 0.27%, and lastly, German with 0.17% of the population.[5]


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