Overview of Kensington

Kensington is a mostly residential area in the west of the municipality. Kensington is bounded by Flemington Racecourse and Melbourne Showgrounds to the west, the rail corridor to the south, Racecourse Road to the north, and the Arden and Macaulay renewal precincts to the east.

Kensington has a distinct heritage character, an active local community and village-like shopping hub around Kensington Station. Housing ranges from small heritage cottages, public housing, and new townhouses in Kensington Banks. There are some industrial and commercial uses in the south east.

Almost 11,000* people live in Kensington, with family households comprising 57 per cent of dwellings - one of the highest in our municipality. People aged between 20-34 make up the largest age demographic.

Kensington’s major recreation area is JJ Holland Park, which features a skate park, BMX track, swimming pool, recreation centre and sports ovals.

The renewal precincts of Arden and Macaulay to the east of Kensington are expected to undergo significant change over the coming decades.

*Based on pre-covid data.

Kensington in the City of Melbourne

Features of Kensington

Buildings

Population: Residential 9,312; number of businesses 246.

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) 33; youth (12-25 years) 15%.

People infographics

Residents: Older (60+ years) 10%; born overseas 33%.

Language infographics

Residents: Main overseas country of birth: China 4%; speaks a language other than English (LOTE) at home 28%.

Learning infographics

Residents: Main non-English language spoken: Mandarin 5%; attending a tertiary education instituation 12%.

Work infographics

Residents: Main occupation - professionals 47%; main work travel method: walked only 38%.

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 3,851; average household size (persons) 2.3; weekly household income (median) $1,907.

Money infographics

Households: Low income households (less than $650 p.w.) 18%; high income households (more than $2,500 p.w.) 32%.

Living infographics

Households: Family households 57%; lone person households 31%.

House infographics

Households: Renting 53%; living in a flat or apartment 34%.

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: Health Care and Social Assistance 303 13.8%; Food and Beverage Services 12.4%; Wholesale Trade 246 11.2%.

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 1,480 67.3%; part time 413 18.8%.

Calendar infographics

Jobs by status: Casual 252 11.5%; contract 53 2.4%.

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 0.7%; Residential Accommodation 11.6%; Parking - Commercial and Private 2%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Public Open Space 15.6%; Sports and Recreation - Outdoor 0%; Indoor Entertainment 0.7%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Retail 0.7%; Commercial Accommodation 0%; Educational/Research 0.7%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Storage/Wholesale 1.4%; Performances, Conferences, Ceremonies 0%.

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 0; Residential dwellings 0; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 0.

Building infographics

Development activity: Developments 3; Residential dwellings 115; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 0.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 0; Retail space 0.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 0; Retail space 520.

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 Kensington

Community Facilities and Local Amenities (list not exhaustive)
  • Kensington Community Children’s Co-Operative
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School
  • Kensington Primary School
  • Kensington Community High School
  • Kensington Town Hall
  • Kensington Neighbourhood Centre (Senior Citizens) The Venny Adventure Playground
  • CoHealth Kensington
  • Kensington Maternal & Child Health Centre
  • Bayswater Road Park
  • The Crescent Council Reserve
  • Cuffe Walk Council Reserve
  • Mercantile Parade Council Reserve
  • Cornish Lane Council Reserve
  • McAllister Mews Council Reserve
  • Kensington Community Garden
  • Kensington Hall Reserve
  • Peppercorn Park
  • Rankins Road Reserve
  • Woodruff Street Reserve
  • Stock Route Reserve
  • Women’s Peace Garden
  • Holland Park
  • Kensington Community Recreation Center including swimming pool
  • Childers Street skatepark and BMX track Newmarket Reserve
  • JJ Holland sport ovals
  • Flemington Bowls Club
  • Kensington Bowls Club
  • Kensington Banks Tennis Courts
  • Kensington Train Station
  • South Kensington Train Station
  • Tram route 57
  • Bus route 402, 404

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 Kensington

  • Kensington Community Recreation Centre redevelopment - community consultation and development of draft concept design
  • JJ Holland skate park - community consultation
  • Holland play space - community consultation on concept design
  • JJ Holland Park - oval 2 and playground redevelopment
  • Kensington Community Recreation Centre redevelopment

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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