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Moorabbin Area Profile

The Facts: Moorabbin is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning “resting place”.

Moorabbin is bounded by South Road in the north, Warrigal Road in the east, Keys Road and Wickham Road in the south, and the Frankston railway line and the Nepean Highway in the west.

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840's, with land used mainly for farming and market gardening.

Moorabbin was a Municipality, (a City) between 1871-1994. The State electorate for Moorabbin is the Bentleigh District. The Federal electorate is the Hotham Division.

People: Moorabbin's population is 5,877 people.

The population is forecast to increase by 109.9% (to 12,338 people) in 2036.

23.8% of households are lone person households.

People aged 35 - 49 years are forecast to have the greatest population increase with an additional 1,498 people in this age group 2016 to 2036. 

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase 93.7% from 2,473 in 2016 to 4,784 households in 2036.

20.8% are 2 bedrooms, 46.4% are 3 bedrooms, 14.6% are 4 bedrooms, 3.6% are 5 bedrooms or more dwellings. 

64.3% of households in Moorabbin fully own their dwelling or are purchasing it (mortgage) and 26.6% are renting privately and 4.3% are in social housing.  

41.7% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month).

43.8% of renting households are in the highest rental costs paying $417 or more per week in rent.

Average household size in 2016 is 2.5% people. 

32% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016.

Diversity: 31.4% of our residents were born overseas, of which 24.4% are from countries where English was not their first language.

20.3% 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: Irish (+150 people), English (+137 people) and Chinese (+121 people). 

8.7% (363 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 14.4%, Mandarin 12.7%, Russian 8.8%.

5.35% (315 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability.

Health and Wellbeing: 78.9% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health.

11% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

5.3% of residents identified as smokers.

84% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

5.3% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household.

100% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health.

79% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future.

Safety: 84.2% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day, compared to 68.4% at night. 

66 reported assault and related offences, and 74 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

68.4% of people feel safe walking in the local area at night.

68.4% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

84.2% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help, compared with 85% in Kingston.

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

26.3% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group, compared with 37% in Kingston.

68% of people like the look and feel of the local area, compared with 88% in Kingston.

74% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area, compared with 86% in Kingston.

74% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area, compared to 84% in Kingston.

53% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important compared to 50% in Kingston.

78.5% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 2,799 people living in Moorabbin in 2016 were employed, of which 58.3% worked full-time and 33.9% part-time.

There were more professionals (26%) in Moorabbin in 2016 than any other occupation.

Travel: 14.8% of Moorabbin residents travelled to work by Public Transport.

12.2% of households own 3 or more vehicles.


Major features of the area include Holmesglen TAFE (Moorabbin Campus), Kingston Arts Centre, the former Moorabbin Town Hall, Moorabbin Oval (former St Kilda Football Club Ground), Dane Road Reserve, G R Bricker Reserve, Moorabbin Homemaker Centre and several schools.

Nowadays Moorabbin is an established residential, industrial and commercial area.

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: