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Patterson Lakes Area Profile

The Facts: Patterson Lakes is named after the river which runs through the area, which is named after J.B. Patterson, Minister for Public Works.

Patterson Lakes is bounded by the Patterson River, the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Environmental Area and an alignment between Puffin Close and Rodney Drive in the north, the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, Thompson Road, Learmonth Road, Wadsley Road and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in the east, the Eel Race Drain in the south, and Palm Beach Drive, Carrum Roy Dore Reserve, Myola Street, Beachcomber Court, Canberra Street, McLeod Street and Dahmen Street in the west.

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, although population was minimal until the 1970s. The suburb was created from a wetland area during the 1980s, when the mostly man-made Patterson River was dredged to drain the former Carrum Swamp.

It is in the state electorate district of Carrum and in the federal electorate division of Isaacs.

People: Patterson Lakes’ Population is 7,579 people.

The population in Patterson Lakes is forecast to increase by 19.4% from 7,579 people in 2016 to 9,052 people in 2036. 

Biggest population age at present is 35 - 49 year olds. (21.5%).

People aged 70 - 84 years are forecast to have the greatest population increase with an additional 571 people in this age group 2016 to 2036.  

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 16.1% from 3,220 in 2016 to 3,737 households in 2036. The largest growth is expected for lone person households. 

16% are 2 bedroom, 41% are 3 bedroom, 29% are 4 bedroom, 3% are 5 bedroom or more dwellings.

76.8% of the population in Patterson Lakes fully own their dwelling or are purchasing it (mortgage),14% are renting privately and 0.5% are in social housing. 

33.4% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month) compared to Kingston which is 34.4% 

33.2% of renting households are in the highest rental costs paying $417 or more per week in rent, compared to Kingston which is 30.2%

The average household size is expected to decline from 2.47 people per household in 2016 to 2.42 people 

The most common type of household is couples with children (33.3% of households).

Diversity: 22.1% of our residents were born overseas, of which 12.9% are from countries where English was not their first language. Kingston has 31% of residents born overseas.

8.3% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011.

0.3% of people identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 32 residents.

Born overseas top growth: English (+164 people), Irish (+159 people) and Chinese (+76 people). 

2.2% of the population, 166 people, speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Greek 9.6%, Mandarin 9%, Italian 5.4%.

4.26% (323 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability.

Health and Wellbeing: 96.3% 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.

 11.1% of residents identified as smokers.

 100% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

 0% 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.

 100% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future.

Safety: 92.6% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day, compared to 55.6% at night.

24 reported assault and related offences, and 58 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

55.6 % of people feel safe walking in the local area at night.

81.5 % of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

85.2% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help.

Community: 16.3% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2016. 

29.6 % stated that they are an active member of a club or community group.

100% of people like the look and feel of the local area.

96% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area.

78% 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.

82% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 3,820 people living in Patterson Lakes in 2016 were employed, of which 62% worked full-time and 36% part-time.

There were more professionals in Patterson Lakes in 2016 than any other occupation.

Travel: Only 6.2% of Patterson Lakes residents travel to work by Public Transport.  

20% of households own 3 or more vehicles. 3.6 % have no car at all compared. 

Features: Patterson Lakes is a relatively recent residential area, with many canals and harbours.

Major features of the area include the Patterson River, Patterson Lakes Marina, Lakeview Shopping Centre, Learmonth Reserve and two schools.

In 2016, Patterson Lakes had the highest proportion of vacant dwellings in the City of Kingston at 10.8% compared to the overall Kingston rate of 7.9%.

In the past 20 years, Patterson Lakes has been one of the fastest growing suburbs in Kingston.

 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