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Chelsea Area Profile

The Facts: Chelsea is named after a borough in England.

Chelsea is bounded by Craigie Avenue, Elsie Grove, Randall Avenue and Famechon Road in the north, the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Environmental Area and the secondary drain in the east, an alignment to the south of Bicentennial Park, Glenbrook Avenue, Golden Avenue, Nepean Highway and Shenfield Avenue in the south, and Port Phillip Bay in the west.

Settlement of the area dates from the 1800's with land used mainly for farming.

Chelsea is in the state electoral district of Mordialloc and in the federal electoral division of Isaacs.  

People: Chelsea's population is 7,753 people.

The population is forecast to increase by 15.3% to 8,943 people in 2036.

The most common type of household is made up of lone persons, with 1,179 (34%) lone person households in 2016.

People aged 25-34 years are forecast to have the largest population increase with an additional 245 people in this age group by 2036. 

In Chelsea 24% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016.

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 12.5% from 3,531 in 2016 to 3,972 households in 2036.

41% are 2 bedroom, 39% are 3 bedroom, 9% are 4 bedroom, 2% are 5+ bedroom dwellings.

60% of households in Chelsea are fully own their dwelling or are purchasing it (mortgage), 31% are renting privately, and 3% are in social housing.

27% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month). 

17% of renting households are in the highest rental costs paying $417 or more per week in rent.

Average household size in 2016 is 2.19 people, this is forecast to remain stable by 2036.

Diversity: 22.6% of our residents were born overseas, of which 11.5% are from countries where English was not their first language.

17% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011.

0.7% of people (54 residents) in Chelsea identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Ancestries that have experienced the most growth from 2011-2016: English (+379 people), Irish (+173 people) and Scottish (+104 people).

2% of the population, 154 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%, Russian 5.3%.

6.1% (478 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability.

Health and Wellbeing: 88% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health. 

0% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

0% of residents identified as smokers.

88% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

4% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household which is the same as Kingston at 4%.

92% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health.

84% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future.

Safety: 96% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day.

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

28% of people feel safe walking in the local area at night.

56% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

80% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help.

Community: 16.4% of people volunteer regularly.

48% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group.

92% of people like the look and feel of the local area.

100% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area.

76% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area.

24% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important.

77% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 3,669 people living in Chelsea in 2016 were employed, of which 64% worked full-time and 34% part-time.

More Chelsea residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry in 2016. This is followed by Construction, and Education and Training.

Travel: 15.2% of Chelsea residents travelled to work by Public Transport.

8% of households own 3 or more vehicles. The majority (74%) own 1-2 cars.

Features: Chelsea street names were named after local pioneer families (Black, Stayner, Foy, Beardsworth, Morton, Baxter and Catherine).

Major features of the area include the Chelsea Beach and foreshore, Bicentennial Park, Chelsea Park, Chelsea Recreation Reserve, Victory Park, Chelsea Yacht Club and two schools, Chelsea Primary School and St. Josephs School.

The population density of Chelsea is 31.5 persons per hectare. 

 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