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Chelsea Heights Area Profile

The Facts: Chelsea Heights sits on the highest part of the former Carrum Swamp, an area known as the Isles of Wannarkladdin.

Chelsea Heights is bounded by Edithvale Road and Springvale Road in the north, the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in the east, an alignment between Puffin Close and Rodney Drive in the south, and the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Environmental Area and the secondary drain in the west.

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850's, with land used mainly for grazing.

The State electorate for Chelsea Heights is the Mordialloc District. The Federal electorate for Chelsea Heights is the Division of Isaacs.

People: Chelsea's population is 5,327 people.

The population is forecast to increase by 0.1% (to 5,330 people) in 2036. 

20.7% of households are lone person households.

People aged 18 - 24 years are forecast to have the greatest population increase with an additional 62 people in this age group 2016 to 2036.

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 5.3% from 1,965 in 2016 to 2,069 households in 2036. The largest growth is expected for lone person households. 

15.7% are 2 bedroom, 51.2% are 3 bedroom, 23.1% are 4 bedroom, 3.7% are 5 or more bedroom dwellings. 

80.4% of households are purchasing or fully owned, 13.9% are renting privately, and 1.5% are in social housing. 

26.2% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month). .

22.6% of renting households are in the highest rental costs paying $417 or more per week in rent.

Average household size in 2016 is 2.64 people. 

38.5% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016.

Diversity: 22.9% of our residents were born overseas, of which 13.8% are from countries where English was not their first language.

11.4% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011.

0.4% of people identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 21 residents.

Ancestries experiencing the most growth between 2011 and 2016: English (+319 people), Irish (+161 people) and Scottish (+77 people). 

2.3% of the population, 125 people, speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Greek and Mandarin 7.5% each, Filipino/Tagalog 5.5%.

4.1% (219 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability.

Health and Wellbeing: 100% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health, compared to Kingston which is 91%.

6% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

22.2% of residents identified as smokers.

83% people have access to fresh and affordable food.  

0% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household.

88.9% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health. 

56% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future.

Safety: 83.3% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day, compared to 50% at night. 

29 reported assault and related offences, and 29 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

61.1% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

77.8% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help. 

Community: 17.3% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2016. 

44.4% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group.

89% of people like the look and feel of the local area.

94% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area. 

83% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area.

39% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important.

84.4% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 2,601 people living in Chelsea Heights in 2016 were employed, of which 58.4% worked full-time and 35.3% part-time. 

More Chelsea Heights residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry in 2016.

Travel: 9.2% of Chelsea residents travelled to work by Public Transport.

19.2% of households own 3 or more motor vehicles.

Features: Chelsea Heights is separated from Chelsea by a drain that runs from Mordialloc Creek to Patterson River.

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.

The population density of Chelsea Heights is 17.45 persons per hectare. 

Chelsea Heights is an established residential and industrial area, with substantial parklands.

 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

Social Statistics: