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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Villawood is 4,153, with a population density of 13.32 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Villawood is bounded by Miowera Road, Gurney Road and First Walk in the north, Miller Road in the east, the Hume Highway in the south, and Woodville Road in the west.

Name origin

Villawood was named as a transposition of the word “Woodville”.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s, with land used mainly for pastoral purposes. Growth took place in the mid 1800s, with many orchards established. Significant development did not occur until the 1920s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. Villawood played a significant role in industrial production during the war. Rapid residential growth took place in the immediate post-war years, aided by public housing construction and the establishment of a migrant hostel. The migrant hostel was used as an immigration detention centre from the 1970s. The population declined slightly between 1991 and 2006, and then increased by a similar amount between 2006 and 2011, probably due to fluctuations in the number of people living in the immigration detention centre.

Land use

Villawood is an established residential and industrial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, Wran Leisure Centre, Thurina Park, Goondah Reserve, the Leightonfield railway station and two schools.

Included areas

This area encompasses the City of Canterbury Bankstown part of the suburb of Villawood, with the remaining part of the suburb located in Fairfield City.