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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Blackwood is 4,255, with a population density of 10.17 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Blackwood is bounded by Watiparinga Forest, Gum Grove, Neate Avenue and Gratton Street in the north, the railway line and Main Road in the east, Plymouth Avenue, Coromandel Parade, Cumming Street, Trevor Terrace and Craigburn Road in the south, and the suburbs of Craigburn Farm and Bellevue Heights, the railway line and the suburb of Eden Hills in the west.

Name origin

Blackwood is named for the dark limbs of the native trees in the area, particularly sheoaks and grey box gums.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for farming, timber-cutting and orcharding. Growth was minimal until the 1880s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. Expansion continued during the 1920s. Rapid development took place from the late 1950s into the early 1970s. The population declined slightly from the early 1990s, a result of few new dwellings being added to the area and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Blackwood is a predominantly residential area, with a commercial area centred around Main Road and Shepherds Hill Road.

Major features

Major features of the area include Blackwood District Centre, Wittunga Botanic Garden, Ashby Reserve, Bailey Reserve, Blackwood Hill Oval, Hewett Sports Ground, Ossie Goldsworthy Reserve and Waite Street Reserve.