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Clayton South Area Profile

The Facts: Clayton South is named after “Clayton Vale”, an early landholding, owned by John Clayton in the 1860s.

Clayton South is bounded by Centre Road in the north, Westall Road in the east, Heatherton Road, Tootal Road and the Dingley Bypass in the south, and Clayton Road, Bourke Road and Springs Road in the west. 

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming and market gardening.

The State electorate for Clayton South is the Clarinda District. The Federal electorates for Clayton South are the Chisholm Division and the Hotham Division.

People: Clayton South's population is 12,652 people.

The population is forecast to increase by 27% from 12,652 people in 2016 to 16,066 people in 2036. 

18.1% of households are lone person households compared to 24.4% in Kingston.

People aged 35 - 49 years are forecast to have the greatest population increase with an additional 685 people in this age group 2016 to 2036. 

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 24.8% from 4,579 in 2016 to 5,713 households in 2036. The largest growth is expected for lone person households. 

24% are 2 bedroom, 50.6% are 3 bedroom, 13.5% are 4 bedroom, 2.8% are 5 or more bedroom dwellings. 

54.5% of households in Clayton South fully own their dwelling or are purchasing it (mortgage) and 38% are renting privately and 2% are in social housing.   

17.7% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month). 

119.8% of renting households are in the highest rental costs paying $417 or more per week in rent. 

Average household size in 2016 is 2.78 people. 

34.3% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016.

Diversity: 62.5% of our residents were born overseas, of which 60% are from countries where English was not their first language.

30.5% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011.

0.2% of people identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 23 residents.

Ancestries experiencing the most growth between 2011 and 2016: Chinese (+376 people), Indian (+328 people) and Vietnamese (+176 people). 

15.5% of the population, 1,943 people, speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Greek 14.3%, Mandarin 11.8%, Punjabi 7.9%.

5.7% (722 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability. 

Health and Wellbeing: 87.8% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health, compared to Kingston which is 91%.

10% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

17.1% of residents identified as smokers.

93% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

9.8% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household.

96.2% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health.

63% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future.

Safety: 95.1% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day, compared to 56.1% at night.

70 reported assault and related offences, and 88 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

39% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

75.6% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help.

Community: 11% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2016. 

12.2% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group.

95% of people like the look and feel of the local area.

90% 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.

32% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important.

76.5% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 5,431 people living in Clayton South in 2016 were employed, of which 55% worked full-time and 33.6% part-time.

There are more professionals (19.2%) in Clayton South than any other occupation in 2016. 

Travel: 21.5% of Clayton South residents travelled to work by Public Transport.

14% of households own 3 or more motor vehicles.

Features: Grange Reserve, located in Osborne Avenue, has a silver UFO designed to remember the 1966 UFO sighting in the area.

Major features of the area include Spring Valley Golf Club, Namatjira Park, The Grange Reserve, Heatherton Park, Deals Road Reserve, Keeley Park, Oakleigh Go-Kart Track, Clayton Business Park, Osborne Avenue Resource Recovery & Waste Disposal Centre, Regional Landfill Clayton South and several schools.

The population density of Clayton South is 16.52 persons per hectare. 

Nowadays Clayton South is an established residential and industrial area.

There are two large landfills in the area, from sand mining long ago.

 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: