Overview of Carlton

Carlton is a diverse suburb, well-known for the Italian cafes and restaurants of Lygon Street, its Victorian heritage streets and buildings, and its leafy parks and gardens.

Carlton is home to the second largest population of our municipality, with a significant proportion of residents born overseas, mostly in India, east and south-east Asia. Many of Carlton’s residents are local and international students, who attend the nearby University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

Carlton takes on a distinct character to the west of Swanston Street in the ‘City North’ precinct, where warehouses mix with larger university and office buildings.

As well as entertainment, cultural and leisure activities, Carlton has educational, business, retail and residential facilities. Carlton Gardens contain the contemporary Melbourne Museum and the domed 19th century Royal Exhibition Building that has World Heritage status.

Carlton in the City of Melbourne

Features of Carlton

Buildings

Population: Residential 18,702; number of businesses 1,107.

Data was sourced from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing. To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Guide to Census data

People infographics

Residents: Age (median years) 26; youth (12-25 years) 51%.

People infographics

Residents: Older (60+ years) 7%; born overseas 63%.

Language infographics

Residents: Main overseas country of birth: China 23%; speaks a language other than English (LOTE) at home 57%.

Learning infographics

Residents: Main non-English language spoken: Mandarin 26%; attending a tertiary education institution 45%.

Work infographics

Residents: Main occupation - professionals 46%; main work travel method: walked only 28%.

Data was sourced from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing. To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Guide to Census data

House infographics

Households: Occupied private dwellings 8,138; average household size (persons) 2; weekly household income (median) $790.

Money infographics

Households: Low income households (less than $650 p.w.) 48%; high income households (more than $2,500 p.w.) 13%.

Living infographics

Households: Family households 30%; lone person households 30%.

House infographics

Households: Renting 78%; living in a flat or apartment 83%.

Data was sourced from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing. To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Guide to Census data

Employment infographics

Top three employment types: Education and Training 4,113 24%; Health Care and Social Assistance 3,079 18%; Food and Beverage Services 1,875 11%.

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Calendar infographics

Jobs by status: Full time 10,369 60.6%; part time 4,305 25.2%.

Calendar infographics

Jobs by status: Casual 1,896 11.1%; contract 533 3.1%.

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Office infographics

Land use (Percentage of total neighbourhood – list not exhaustive): Office 6.6%; Residential Apartment 16.1%; Parking - Commercial and Private 8.7%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Public Open Space 7.7%; Sports and Recreation - Outdoor 0%; Indoor Entertainment 2.1%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Retail 1.4%; Commercial Accommodation 1.4%; Educational/Research 8%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Storage/Wholesale 0.3%; Performances, Conferences, Ceremonies 0.7%.

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Building infographics

Development activity (major new commercial and residential property development): Developments 5; Residential dwellings 242; Student accommodation 1,801; Hotel/serviced apartments 0.

Building infographics

Development activity: Developments 28; Residential dwellings 735; Student accommodation 2,072; Hotel/serviced apartments 286.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 62; Retail space 1,181.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 27,471; Retail space 2,070.

Data was sourced from the November 2020 City of Melbourne’s Development Activity Monitor (DAM). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Development Activity

Services in Carlton

Community Facilities and Local Amenities (list not exhaustive)
  • Giraffe Early Learning Centre Docklands
  • Kool Kidz@Goods Shed Docklands
  • Little Assets
  • Little Stars @ Southern Cross
  • Penguin Childcare
  • Rogan Family Care
  • Gowrie @ The Harbour
  • Melbourne Business School
  • Melbourne Dental Clinic and School
  • Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Carlton Gardens Primary School
  • Trinity College
  • Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre Multicultural Hub
  • The Drum Youth Services
  • Melbourne Museum
  • Royal Exhibition Building
  • La Mama
  • AV & FL Gallichio Medical Practice
  • Carlton Family Medical
  • Dr CK Cheung
  • Lygon Court Medical Clinic
  • My Health Medical Centre Carlton
  • Argyle Square
  • Canning & Palmerston Streets Reserve
  • Canning Street Reserve
  • Carlton Gardens North
  • Carlton Gardens South
  • Keppel Street Park
  • Lincoln Square
  • MacArthur Square
  • Murchison Square
  • Station Street Open Space
  • Palmerston Reserve
  • Reese Street Park
  • Palmerston Street Reserve
  • University Square
  • Tram routes along Lygon, Swanston and Nicholson St
  • Multiple bus routes

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Council investments in Carlton

  • Carlton Central Learning Precinct - a new early learning and family services centre
  • Lincoln Square redevelopment - park expansion and a new play space
  • University Square master plan - early concept work for northern end, associated with Metro Tunnel project
  • Cycle infrastructure - new bike lanes

Further information

Please note: this profile contains information that was collected prior to the COVID-19 event and may not represent the current situation. The information does, however, provide a baseline which shows where the population was at the time it was collected. Refer to each category to see the source of the data and when the information presented was collected.

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