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The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Hampton is 13,703, with a population density of 32.31 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Hampton is bounded by South Road in the north, Bluff Road in the east, Highett Road and Bridge Street in the south, and the Port Phillip Bay foreshore and New Street in the west.

Name origin

Hampton is named after Dyas Hampton, an early market gardener in the area. It was originally called Retreat.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for market gardens. Growth was minimal until the 1880s, spurred by the extension of the railway line. Substantial development occurred during the 1930s as market gardens were subdivided and war commission homes were built. The population increased slightly from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly medium density housing.

Land use

Hampton is an established residential area, with some commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Hampton Street retail and commercial area, Linacre Private Hospital, Hampton Beach, Hampton Pier, Sandringham Athletics Centre, Alexander Park, Boss James Reserve, Castlefield Reserve, Gypsy Village Park, Holyrood Street Park, Myrtle Road Playground, R J Sillitoe Reserve, Thomas Street Reserve, the Port Phillip Bay foreshore, Haileybury College (Castlefield - Brighton Campus) and two other schools.