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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for McDowall is 7,872, with a population density of 17.77 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

McDowall is bounded by the suburb of Bridgeman Downs, Saturn Crescent and a line running continuous of Saturn Crescent in the north, a line running continuous of Trouts Road, Trouts Road, Hamilton Road, Raven Street, Rode Road and Trouts Road in the east, Flockton Street in the south, and Old Northern Road in the west.

Name origin

McDowall is named after Ambrose McDowall, an early land holder in the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming. Population was minimal until the 1880s. Gradual growth took place in the late 1800s, and then again during the interwar period. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth from the 1970s. Growth continued during the 1980s. The population increased substantially during the 1990s, with growth slowing between 2001 and 2006.

Land use

McDowall is a predominantly residential area, with some commercial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Chermside Hills Reserve, McDowall Village Shopping Centre, North West Plaza, North West Private Hospital and two schools.