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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Hawthorn is 25,493, with a population density of 43.63 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Hawthorn is bounded by Barkers Road in the north, a line that runs north-south to the east of Auburn Road in the east, the Monash Freeway in the south, and the Yarra River in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1837, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the 1850s, with many market gardens in the 1860s. Growth continued during the late 1800s. Significant development occurred during the interwar period. Many flats were built in the 1960s, particularly in the west. The population has increased gradually since the early 1990s as new dwellings have been added to the area. There is a large student population, resulting largely from the presence of Swinburne University in the area.

Land use

Hawthorn is an established residential area, with substantial commercial areas and some educational land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Glenferrie Road shopping strip, Swinburne University of Technology (Hawthorn Campus), University of Melbourne (Hawthorn Campus), Hawthorn Velodrome, Hawthorn Town Hall, Glenferrie Oval (traditional home of the Hawthorn Football Club), Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Glenferrie Private Hospital, St Vincent’s Private Kew, Central Gardens, Fairview Park, Grace Park, H. A. Smith Reserve, Morang Reserve, Patterson Reserve, St James Park, the Yarra River, Scotch College and a number of other schools.