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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Whitfield is 4,434, with a population density of 7.41 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Whitfield is bounded by the northern boundary of Mount Whitfield Conservation Park in the north, the locality of Aeroglen, Saltwater Creek and the suburb of Edge Hill in the east, Jensen Street, the suburb of Manoora and Reservoir Road in the south, and the suburbs of Brinsmead and Stratford in the west.

Name origin

Whitfield is named after Mount Whitfield, which was named after Edwin Whitfield.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1870s, with land used mainly for farming and sugar cane growing. Significant development did not occur until the 1960s, with rapid growth during the 1970s. The population fluctuated slightly from the early 1990s, a result of small changes in dwelling stock and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Whitfield is an established residential and conservation area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, Mount Whitfield, Colin Penridge Park, Engineers Park, Hillview Park, Ross Allen Park and Whitfield State School.