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Highett Area Profile

The Facts: Highett is thought to be named after William Highett, an original property owner, or after John Highett, a grazier.

Highett is bounded by Wickham Road in the north, Chesterville Road in the east, Karen Street and Bay Road in the south, and the Frankston railway line in the west.

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

The State electorate for Highett is the Sandringham District. The Federal electorates for Highett are the Division of Goldstein and the Division of Hotham.

People: Highett's population is 3,455 people.

The population is forecast to increase by 173% (to 9,433 people) in 2036. 

31.2% of households are lone person households.

People aged 35 - 49 years are forecast to have the greatest population increase with an additional 1,390 people in this age group 2016 to 2036.  

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 124.6% from 1,845 in 2016 to 4,144 households in 2036. The largest growth is expected for lone person households. 

37.1% are 2 bedrooms, 40.7% are 3 bedrooms, 9.9% are 4 bedrooms, 2.0% are 5 bedrooms or more dwellings. 

64.8% of households in Highett fully own their dwelling or are purchasing it (mortgage) and 29.9% are renting privately and 1.2% are in social housing. 

33.6% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month).

39.5% of renting households are in the highest rental costs paying $417 or more per week in rent.

Average household size in 2016 is 2.36 people. 

25.9% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016. 

Diversity: 30% of our residents were born overseas, of which 20.6% are from countries where English was not their first language.

16.9% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011. 

0% of people identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Ancestries that have experienced the most growth between 2011 and 2016: English (+123 people), Chinese (+89 people) and Australian (+79 people). 

3.8% (132 people) of the population speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Greek 12.4%, Mandarin 12.1%, Russian 8.3%.

5.1% (178 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability.

Health and Wellbeing: 81.8% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health.

9% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

18.2% of residents identified as smokers.

91% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

18.2% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household.

90.9% 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: 81.8% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day, compared to 45.5% at night. 

54 reported assault and related offences, and 109 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

45.5% of people feel safe walking in the local area at night.

72.7% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

81.8% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help.

Community: 17.1% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2016. 

18.2% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group.

73% of people like the look and feel of the local area.

73% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area.

64% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area.

36% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important.

80.6% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 1,717 people living in Highett in 2016 were employed, of which 62.6% worked full-time and 31.2% part-time. 

There were more professionals (28.8%) in Highett in 2016 than any other occupation.

Travel: 17.4% of Highett residents travelled to work by Public Transport.

7.5% of households own 3 or more vehicles.

Features: Highett used to be home to the Williams Aircraft Factory which built airframes during the Second World War.

Major features of the area include Waves Leisure Centre, Sir William Fry Reserve, Highett Reserve and Moorabbin Justice Centre.

The population density of Highett is 23.95 persons per hectare. 

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

 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: