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Edithvale Area Profile

The Facts: Edithvale is named after Edith Foster, wife of an original property holder.

Edithvale is bounded by Alexandra Street, Fifth Avenue and Rossdale Golf Club in the north, the secondary drain and Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Environmental Area in the east, Famechon Road, Randall Avenue, Elsie Grove and Craigie Avenue in the south, and Port Phillip Bay in the west.

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

The State electorate for Edithvale is the Mordialloc district. The federal electorate for Edithvale is the division of Isaacs.

People: Edithvale population is 5,798 people.

The population is forecast to increase by 5.4% (to 6,113 people) in 2036.

25.6% of households are lone person households compared to 24.4% in Kingston.

People aged 70 - 84 years are forecast to have the greatest population increase with an additional 261 people in this age group 2016 to 2036. 

26% are 2 bedroom, 45% are 3 bedroom, 16% are 4 bedroom, 4% are 5 bedroom dwellings.

68.2% of households are purchasing or fully owned, 24% are renting privately, and 1.0% are in social housing compared with 68% of households purchasing or fully owning their home, 22.2% renting privately, and 1.9% in social housing in 2016 in the City of Kingston.

33.5% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month) compared to Kingston which is 34.4%.

30.3% of renting households are in the highest rental costs paying $417 or more per week in rent, compared to Kingston which is 30.2%.

Average household size in 2016 is 2.43 people compared with Kingston which is 2.5%.

29.9% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016, compared with 33.4% in the City of Kingston.

Diversity: 16.8% of our residents were born overseas, of which 7.2% are from countries where English was not their first language.

18.7% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011. Kingston is 18%.

0.5% of people identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 28 residents. Kingston is 0.4%.

Top growth groups born: English (+176 people), Irish (+111 people) and Scottish (+101 people).

0.8% of the population, 49 people, speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Greek 8.4%, Mandarin 7.4%, Italian 4.4%.

5.9% (344 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability. Kingston is 5.0%.

Health and Wellbeing: 84.2% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health, compared to Kingston which is 91%.

11% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household, compared to 6% in Kingston.

15.8% of residents identified as smokers, compared to 12% in Kingston.

95% people have access to fresh and affordable food, compared with 92% in Kingston.

10.5% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household compared with 4% in Kingston.

100% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health, compared to Kingston which is 97%.

89% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future, compared with 81% in Kingston.

Safety: 84.2% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day.

32 reported assault and related offences, and 36 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

57.9% of people feel safe walking in the local area at night.

73.7% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community, compared with 70% in Kingston.

73.7% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help, compared with 85% in Kingston.

Community: 19.3% of people volunteer regularly, compared with 28% in Kingston.

15.8% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group, compared with 37% in Kingston.

95% of people like the look and feel of the local area, compared with 88% in Kingston.

100% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area, compared with 86% in Kingston.

79% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area, compared to 84% in Kingston.

42% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important compared to 50% in Kingston.

81.6% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 2,894 people living in Edithvale in 2016 were employed, of which 64% worked full-time and 35% part-time.

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

Travel: 13.2% of Chelsea residents travelled to work by Public Transport.

21.4% of households own 3 or more vehicles.

Features: Originally part of the Carrum Carrum swamp, the area had many animals and plants, including the brolga and the magpie goose.

Major features of the area include the Edithvale Beach and foreshore, Chelsea Public Golf Course, Edithvale Recreational Reserve, Edithvale Common and one school.

The population density of Edithvale is 29.60 persons per hectare. 

Nowadays Edithvale is a predominantly residential area, with commercial areas along the Nepean Highway.

 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