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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Oakleigh is 8,352, with a population density of 24.04 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Oakleigh is bounded by Scotchmans Creek in the north, Huntingdale Road, Ferntree Gully Road, Dandenong Road and Huntingdale Road in the east, North Road in the south, and Warrigal Road in the west.

Name origin

Oakleigh is thought to be named for the she-oaks growing near Scotchmans Creek, or after Oakleigh Park, near Malvern Hills in England, or after an early settler, Mrs Oakley.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s when a grazing run was established in the Scotchmans Creek area. The Oakleigh township, originally based around today's Dandenong Road, was surveyed and allotments sold in 1853. The coming of the railway in 1877 saw the focus of the township move south. While the majority of Oakleigh's roads were laid out by the 1920s, housing development continued into the early post-war period. The population increased gradually from the mid 1990s, largely a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Oakleigh is an established residential area, with some industrial areas, and commercial areas around the railway station and along Dandenong Road.

Major features

Major features of the area include Centro Oakleigh (Oakleigh Central Shopping Centre), Oakleigh Public Golf Course, Oakleigh Recreation Centre, Brickmakers Park, Caloola Reserve, Jack Edwards Reserve, Scotchmans Run Reserve, Warrawee Park, Pioneer Memorial Park, Oakleigh and Huntingdale railway stations and two schools.