City of MitchamCommunity profile

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City of Mitcham

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for the City of Mitcham is 66,372, with a population density of 8.78 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The City of Mitcham is located in Adelaide's southern suburbs, about 6 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD. The City of Mitcham is bounded by the Cities of Unley and Burnside in the north, the Adelaide Hills Council area in the east, the City of Onkaparinga in the south and the City of Marion in the west. The City of Mitcham is bounded by Cross Road and the South Eastern Freeway in the north, various property boundaries and the eastern edge of Belair National Park in the east, the Sturt River in the south, and Main South Road and South Road in the west.

Name origin

Mitcham is named after a place in Surrey, England.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1837, with the village of Mitcham established in 1840. Some growth took place in the late 1800s, spurred by the opening of the railway line, with new residents attracted by the semi-rural surrounds of the foothills. Growth continued in the early 1900s, with the most significant development during the interwar period and post-war years. The population declined marginally between 1991 and 1996, falling from about 61,000 to 59,000. The population then increased slightly from 1996, rising to 62,000 in 2011. Much of the recent growth has been in the southern suburb of Craigburn Farm.

Land use
Land use 8% 47% 25% 21%

Land use

The City of Mitcham is a residential and semi-rural area. The City encompasses a total land area of about 76 square kilometres.


The City of Mitcham is served by the South Eastern Freeway (Princes Highway), Mount Barker Road and the Belair and Adelaide-Melbourne railway lines.

Major features

Major features of the City include Belair National Park, Sturt Gorge Recreation Park, Waite Arboretum, Flinders University, TAFE SA (Panorama and Urrbrae Campuses), The University of Adelaide (Waite Campus), Waite Agricultural Research Institute, Repatriation General Hospital and the heritage listed suburb of Colonel Light Gardens.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Mitcham area were the Kaurna Aboriginal people.

Included areas

The City of Mitcham includes the suburbs and localities of Bedford Park (part), Belair (part), Bellevue Heights, Blackwood, Brown Hill Creek, Clapham, Clarence Gardens, Colonel Light Gardens, Coromandel Valley (part), Crafers West (part), Craigburn Farm, Cumberland Park, Daw Park, Eden Hills, Glenalta, Hawthorn, Hawthorndene, Kingswood, Leawood Gardens (part), Lower Mitcham, Lynton, Melrose Park, Mitcham, Netherby, Panorama, Pasadena, Springfield, St Marys, Torrens Park, Upper Sturt (part), Urrbrae and Westbourne Park.