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The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Highett is 7,208, with a population density of 34.17 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Highett is bounded by Wickham Road in the north, the Frankston railway line in the east, Bay Road in the south, and Bluff Road in the west.

Name origin

Highett is thought to be named after John Highett, a grazier/drover in 1836 or William Highett, a parliamentarian and local land owner in the 1850s.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for agricultural purposes. Growth took place in the 1880s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. Significant residential development occurred from the 1950s, aided by public housing construction and industrial growth. The population increased slightly from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly medium density housing.

Land use

Highett is an established residential area, with some industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include the CSIRO complex, Advantage Road Park, Ashwood Avenue Park, Peterson Street Reserve, Tibrockney Street Park, Train Street Park, the Highett Road strip shopping centre and one school.

Included areas

Part of the suburb of Highett is located in the City of Kingston.