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Melton: part of Metropolitan Melbourne
Melton was once considered “thoroughbred country.” Today, however, Melton is a thriving and vibrant city.
Recently the Melton council formalised major planning for 2400 hectares of vacant land to be transformed into two major communities - effectively doubling Melton's developed land in just 15 years. The land is located in Melton South, and the plan incorporates the construction of offices, shops, railway stations and two activity centres.
In wider proximity, the entire Melton Shire Council area (which includes housing estates much closer to Melbourne city), is growing rapidly.
According to .id the population experts Key Findings:
“In 2011, the total population of Melton West was estimated to be 14,548 people. [This population is] expected to increase by over 9,100 people to 23,737 by 2026, at an average annual growth rate of 3.32%. This is based on the increase of over 3,200 households during the period, with the average number of persons per household falling from 2.92 to 2.88 by 2026.”
Compare these figures to Melton's population in 1970: just 4000 people.
Melton first began transforming from a small rural service centre into a residential area in the late 1960s and 70s. This was partly due to the housing market of that time period, which created affordable home opportunities for families in the western suburbs.
The Melton housing market then continued to increase dramatically during the late 1990s with:
- Greenfield land to the east of City of Brimbank
- Families and couples demanding new housing within Brimbank
According to the City of Melton Summary Profile, 2011:
- The population of Melton today is 109,258
- 49.7% of residents are males
- 50.3% are females.
- The largest household type is "couples with children" (15,750)
- The predominant age of residents is 35-49
With fascinating heritage, a vibrant community and endless recreational activities, there is so much more to explore in Melton.