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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Boronia is 23,047, with a population density of 20.47 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Boronia is bounded by Boronia Road, Scoresby Road, Devenish Road, the railway line, Holloway Drive, Dorset Road and Dandenong Creek in the north, Liverpool Road, Miller Road, the suburb of The Basin, Nyora Avenue, Lachlan Road and Phillipa Road in the east, Harnett Street, Forest Road, Koolunga Native Reserve, Underwood Road, Renown Street and Blind Creek in the south, and Wadhurst Drive and Lewis Road in the west.

Name origin

Boronia is named after the plant, one of the main products grown in a nursery in the area in the late 1800s.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1860s, with land used mainly for farming, orchards and nurseries. Population was minimal until the 1920s, following the opening of the railway station. Rapid growth took place from the 1930s. Significant development occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. The population has fluctuated slightly since the early 1990s, a result of small changes in dwelling stock and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Boronia is an established residential area, with commercial areas near the railway station, and some small industrial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Boronia Central shopping centre, Boronia Junction Shopping Centre, Alchester Village Shopping Centre, Knox Leisureworks (swimming pool), Knox Basketball Stadium, The Melbourne Eastern Private Hospital, Chandler Park, Miller Park, Tormore Reserve, Wirrianda Reserve, Liverpool Road Retarding Basin, Old Joes Creek Retarding Basin, Knox Community Gardens & Vineyard and a number of schools.