V.M. Ybor

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This article is about a residential neighborhood. For the historic district to the south, see Ybor City, Tampa.
V.M. Ybor
V.M. Ybor is located in Florida
V.M. Ybor
V.M. Ybor
Location within the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°58′15″N 82°26′50″W / 27.97083°N 82.44722°W / 27.97083; -82.44722Coordinates: 27°58′15″N 82°26′50″W / 27.97083°N 82.44722°W / 27.97083; -82.44722
Country United States
State Florida
County Hillsborough
City Tampa
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,010
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33602, 33603, and 33605

V.M. Ybor is a neighborhood within the city limits of Tampa, Florida, United States. As of the 2000 census the neighborhood had a population of 3,010. The ZIP Codes serving the neighborhood are 33602, 33603, and 33605.

The area was part of the historic boundaries of Ybor City, but is not part of the Ybor City Historic District and is officially classified as a separate neighborhood. The "V.M." in the name stands for "Vicente Martinez", as in Vicente Martinez Ybor, the Spanish cigar manufacturer who founded Ybor City in 1885.


Main article: History of Ybor City

The area now known as V.M. Ybor was cleared and settled soon after Ybor City was founded in 1885 and was annexed by the city of Tampa in 1887. For several decades, many Cuban, Spanish, and Italian cigar workers lived in what was once a middle-class neighborhood just a few blocks north of the commercial district of Ybor City that centered on 7th Avenue.

The area slowly deteriorated along with much of the rest of Ybor City after the Great Depression and World War II, when changes in the cigar industry eliminated the main source of employment, causing the children of the original residents to move away in large numbers. While many structures in Ybor City were razed by Urban Renewal and during the construction of Interstate 4 in the 1960s, much of what became V.M. Ybor was left untouched. The demographics of the area changed significantly during this period, however, as the outgoing middle-class "Latin" population was replaced by predominantly low-income African-American residents.[1]

Today, many homes, commercial buildings, and cigar factories built in the early 1900s still stand. Most are still in use, often in various states of disrepair. Despite several attempts to rejuvenate the neighborhood, poverty is still very prevalent.[2]


V.M. Ybor boundaries are Historic Ybor City to the south, 26th Avenue to the north, East Tampa (15th St.) to the east, and Interstate 275 to the west.[1]


Source: Hillsborough County Atlas

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,010 people and 1,043 households residing in the neighborhood. The population density was 7,236/mi². The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 38% White, 45% African American, 1% Native American, 1% Asian, 12% from other races, and 3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 42% of the population.

There were 1,043 households out of which 36% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31% were married couples living together, 25% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8% were non-families. 31% of all households were made up of individuals.

In the neighborhood the population was spread out with 31% under the age of 18, 23% from 18 to 34, 19% from 35 to 49, 9% from 50 to 64, and 17% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 85.8 males.

The per capita income for the neighborhood was $10,086. About 42% of the population were below the poverty line, 43% of those are under the age of 18.

See also[edit]


  • Lastra, Frank (2006). Ybor City: The Making of a Landmark Town. University of Tampa Press. ISBN 1-59732-003-X. 
  1. ^ a b Hillsborough Community Atlas
  2. ^ "Hillsborough County Planning Commission" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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