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Cheltenham Area Profile

The Facts: Cheltenham is named after a place in Gloucestershire, England. It was previously known as Two-Acre Village.

Cheltenham is bounded by Keys Road in the north, Warrigal Road, an alignment running east-west in line with Argus Street, an alignment to the west of Kingston Heath Golf Club, an alignment to the east and north of Kingston Heath Reserve, Centre Dandenong Road and Grange Road in the east, Voltri Street, Oak Avenue and Latrobe Street in the south, Charman Road, Frankston railway line, Bay Road, Karen Street and Chesterville Road in the west.

The eastern side of Cheltenham sits within the City of Kingston, while the suburbs in the western region lies within the City of Bayside.

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850's, with land used mainly for farming and market gardening. In present days Cheltenham is an established residential, commercial and industrial area.

Parts of Cheltenham are located within three separate metropolitan state electoral districts including Mordialloc and Clarinda districts (City of Kingston); and Sandringham district (City of Bayside).  It is located within the federal electoral divisions of Hotham (City of Kingston) and Goldstein (City of Bayside).

People: Cheltenham's population is 18,830 people.

The population is forecast is to increase by 29.6% (to 24,404 people) by 2036. 

There are 4,253 people in Cheltenham aged 35 to 49 years old comprising 22.6% of the area's population. This represents the largest population group in Cheltenham.

People aged 35-49 years are forecast to have the largest population increase with an additional 1,218 people forecast by 2036.  

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 28.8% from 8,122 dwellings in 2016 to 10,460 dwellings in 2036.

27% are 2 bedroom, 44% are 3 bedroom, 16% are 4 bedroom, 3% are 5 bedroom dwellings.

68% of households are purchasing or fully owned, 23.8% are renting privately, and 1.6% are in social housing.

37% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month).

33.1% of renting households are in the highest rental bracket paying $417 or more per week in rent.

Average household size in 2016 is 2.4 people, declining to 2.36 in 2036 . 

In Cheltenham 32.1% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016.

Diversity: 26.5% of our residents were born overseas, of which 18.7% are from countries where English was not their first language.

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

0.4% of people (72 residents) in Cheltenham identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Ancestries that have experienced the most growth from 2011-2016: Chinese (+551 people), English (+429 people), Indian (+168 people).

4.2% of the population, 791 people speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Greek 18.9%, Mandarin 12.3%, Russian 7.1%.

6% of people (1,107) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability.

Health and Wellbeing: 91.8% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health.

5 % state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

14.8% of residents identified as smokers.

92% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

3.3% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household.

93.4 % of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health.

82% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future.

Safety: 95% of people feel safe walking in the local area in the day, compared to 46% of people at night.

123 reported assault and related offences, and 169 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

82% of people like the look and feel of the local area.

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

Community: 17.4% of people volunteer regularly.

47.5% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group.

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

72% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

85% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area.

52% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important.

79% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 9,163 people living in Cheltenham in 2016 were employed, of which 59% worked full-time and 34% part-time.

There were more professionals in Cheltenham in 2016 than any other occupation.

Travel: 67% of Cheltenham residents travel to work by car.

11.5% of households own 3 or more vehicles. The majority (74%) own 1-2 cars.

Features: It wasn’t until 1958, over 100 years after the railway station was built, that Cheltenham was officially recognised as a suburb.

Major features of the area include Westfield Southland Shopping Centre, Kingston Heath Reserve, Keys Road Reserve, Le Page Park and several schools.   

Part of the suburb of Cheltenham is located in the City of Bayside.

Cheltenham has 3 golf courses, 2 cemeteries and a number of parks.