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The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Rowville is 34,312, with a population density of 15.83 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rowville is bounded by Corhanwarrabul Creek and Monbulk Creek in the north, Blackwood Park Road, Napoleon Road, Wellington Road and the eastern boundary of Hanson Lysterfield Quarry in the east, the City of Casey, Police Road and the western boundary of Dandenong Police Paddocks in the south, and Dandenong Creek in the west.

Name origin

Rowville is named after the Row family, early land holders in the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1838, being the first settlement in the City of Knox, with land used mainly for grazing. Population was minimal until the 1870s. The area remained predominantly rural until the 1970s. Significant development occurred from the 1980s. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population doubling between 1991 and 2001. Growth continued between 2001 and 2006, although at a slower rate, a result of large numbers of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly in the northern section. The population was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011 as few new dwellings were added to the area and the average number of persons living in each dwelling declined.

Land use

Rowville is a relatively recent residential area, with some industrial and commercial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Stud Park Shopping Centre, Rowville Lakes Shopping Centre, Wellington Village Shopping Centre, Kingston Links Golf Course, Tirhatuan Lakes Public Golf Course, Waterford Valley Golf Course, Waverley Golf Club, Rowville Community Centre, Knox Italian Community Centre, Stamford Park Homestead, Hanson Lysterfield Quarry, Heany Park Scout & Guide Camp, Alberni Reserve, Arcadia Reserve, Eildon Park, Emerson Reserve, Hillside Park, Karoo Reserve, Liberty Avenue Reserve, Park Ridge Reserve, Peregrine Reserve, Pine Hill Reserve, Police Road Retarding Basin Wetlands, Row Reserve, Rowville Recreation Reserve, Starlight Reserve, Stud Park Reserve, Tirhatuan Wetlands Conservation Reserve and numerous schools.