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Carrum Area Profile

The Facts: Carrum is named from the Boonwurrung word meaning “boomerang”.

Carrum is bounded by the Patterson River in the north, Dahmen Street, Canberra Street, Beachcomber Court, Myola Street, Carrum Roy Dore Reserve and Palm Beach Drive in the east, Eel Race Road, Nepean Highway and Osprey Lane in the south, and Port Phillip Bay in the west.

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for farming.

It is in the state electoral district of Carrum and in the federal electoral division of Isaacs. 

People: Carrum’s population is 3,988 people.

The population is forecast to increase by 4.2% (to 4,156 people) in 2036.

The most common type of household is made up of lone persons, with 533 (31%) people living alone in 2016. 

People aged 70-84 years are forecast to have the largest population increase with an additional 154 people in this age group by 2036.   

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 10.8% from 1,768 in 2016 to 1,959 households in 2036.

30% are 2 bedroom, 48% are 3 bedroom, 10% are 4 bedroom, 3% are 5 bedroom dwellings.

60% of the population in Carrum fully own their home or are purchasing it (mortgage), 32% are renting privately, and 3% are in social housing.  

In 2016, 25% of households were paying high mortgage repayments of $2,300+ per month, and 21% were paying the lowest repayments.

23% of renting households were in the highest rental bracket paying $417 or more per week in rent. 

Average household size in 2016 is 2.17 people.

The most common type of household is made up of lone persons (31%), followed by couples with children and without children (both 23%).

Diversity: 18.6% of our residents were born overseas, of which 7.8% are from countries where English was not their first language. 

15% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011.

0.6% (25 people) identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander 

Ancestries experiencing the most growth between 2011 and 2016: English (+321 people), Irish (+137 people) and Scottish (+86 people).  

0.9% of the population, 36 people speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Greek 8.6%, Mandarin 5.5% and Russian 5.3%.

4.46% (178 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability.

Health and Wellbeing: 92.3% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health, compared to Kingston which is 91%.

0% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household, compared to 6% in Kingston.

15.4% of residents identified as smokers, compared to 12% in Kingston.

69% people have access to fresh and affordable food, compared with 92% in Kingston.

7.7% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household compared with 4% in Kingston.

92.3% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health, compared to Kingston which is 97%.

77% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future, compared with 81% in Kingston.

Safety: 84.6% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day.

37 reported assault and related offences, and 41 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

53.8% of people feel safe walking in the local area at night.

69.2% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community, compared with 70% in Kingston.

69.2% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help, compared with 85% in Kingston.

Community: 18.1% of people volunteer regularly, compared with 28% in Kingston.

30.8% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group, compared with 37% in Kingston.

69% of people like the look and feel of the local area, compared with 88% in Kingston.

77% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area, compared with 86% in Kingston.

77% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area, compared to 84% in Kingston.

54% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important compared to 50% in Kingston.

76.1% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 2,007 people living in Carrum in 2016 were employed, of which 64% worked full-time and 35% part-time.

More Carrum residents worked in construction than any other industry in 2016.

Travel: 13% of Carrum residents travelled to work by Public Transport.

10.9% of households own 3 or more vehicles.

Features: Carrum is an established residential area, with a commercial area centred around the railway station.

Major features of the area include the Carrum Beach and foreshore, Carrum Surf Life Saving Club, Carrum Roy Dore Reserve, McDougall Reserve and a school.

The population density of Carrum is 27.29 persons per hectare. 

The Carrum Cowboys were originally a group of teenagers who rode horses around Carrum streets and beaches causing trouble in the 1950s and 1960s.

 Data sources for information on this page are:

ABS 2016 Census    

.Id Community |Demographic resources 

Crime Statistics: 

Kingston City Council 2016 Health and Wellbeing Survey September 2014