Overview of North Melbourne

North Melbourne is a well-established area with a mix of residential and commercial uses and a strong heritage character. It is bounded by Flemington Road to the northeast, Victoria Street to the south and the Arden and Macaulay renewal precincts to the west.

The largest portion of residents in North Melbourne range between 20-34 years of age. The area presents an eclectic range of housing options including Victorian era terrace homes, converted warehouses, modern apartments and public housing.

Local shopping strips, such as Errol Street, Victoria Street and Queensberry Street are the heart of the community, popular for their range of cafes, restaurants and boutiques. Contemporary performance and interactive artforms are enjoyed at Artshouse, Meat Market, and Comics Lounge.

The renewal precincts of Arden and Macaulay to the west of North Melbourne are expected to undergo significant change over the coming decades.

North Melbourne in the City of Melbourne

map of North Melbourne

Features of North Melbourne

Buildings

Population: Residential 12,029; number of businesses 766.

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) 28; youth (12-25 years) 35%.

People infographics

Residents: Older (60+ years) 7%; born overseas 46%.

Language infographics

Residents: Main overseas country of birth: China 15%; speaks a language other than English (LOTE) at home 40%.

Learning infographics

Residents: Main non-English language spoken: Mandarin 17%; attending a tertiary education instituation 30%.

Work infographics

Residents: Main occupation - professionals 48%; main work travel method: walked only 24%.

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 4,848; average household size (persons) 2.2; weekly household income (median) $1,426.

Money infographics

Households: Low income households (less than $650 p.w.) 27%; high income households (more than $2,500 p.w.) 23%.

Living infographics

Households: Family households 43%; lone person households 35%.

House infographics

Households: Renting 65%; living in a flat or apartment 64%.

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: Business Services 1,359 20.3%; Health Care and Social Assistance 1,095 16.3%; Other Services 761 11.4%.

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)

Calendar infographics

Jobs by status: Full time 4,078 60.9%; part time 1,378 20.6%.

Calendar infographics

Jobs by status: Casual 1,005 15%; contract 237 3.5%.

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 5.8%; Residential Accommodation 5.8%; Parking - Commercial and Private 7.7%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Public Open Space 1.3%; Sports and Recreation - Outdoor 0%; Indoor Entertainment 1.3%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Retail 1.9%; Commercial Accommodation 0.6%; Educational/Research 1.9%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Storage/Wholesale 1.3%; Performances, Conferences, Ceremonies 1.3%.

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 6; Residential dwellings 81; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 0.

Building infographics

Development activity: Developments 31; Residential dwellings 592; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 362.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 15,105; Retail space 6,017.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 18,798; Retail space 2,819.

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 North Melbourne

Community Facilities and Local Amenities (list not exhaustive)
  • Goodstart Early Learning North Melbourne Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre
  • North Melbourne Children’s Centre
  • St Catherine’s Early Education Centre
  • North Melbourne Maternal and Child Health Centre North Melbourne Children’s Centre
  • St Mary’s Anglican Kindergarten North Melbourne North Melbourne Primary School
  • St Michael’s Primary School
  • St Aloysius College
  • North Melbourne Library
  • The Centre
  • North Melbourne Language & Learning Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen & Women
  • Parkville Gallery
  • Arts House
  • Meat Market
  • Gallerysmith
  • Langford 120
  • Australian Centre of Performing Arts
  • Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio
  • Lithuanian Club
  • North Melbourne Police Station
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Errol Street Medical Centre
  • North Melbourne Family Medical Centre
  • Royal Park Medical
  • Victoria Street Acupuncture and Medical Centre
  • Bedford Street Reserve
  • Chapman Street Reserve
  • Courtney Street Reserve
  • Curzon Street Reserve
  • Errol St Reserve
  • Gardiner Reserve
  • Leveson Street Reserve
  • Moonee Ponds Creek
  • Pleasance Garden
  • Flemington Bridge Train Station
  • Tram routes 57, 58, 59
  • Bus route 402

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 North Melbourne

  • Gardiner Reserve - park expansion
  • Lady Huntingfield - A new integrated early
    learning and family services centre

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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