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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Essendon is 21,710, with a population density of 35.25 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Essendon is bounded by Keilor Road, Bulla Road and Woodland Street in the north, Moonee Ponds Creek in the east, Buckley Street, the Craigieburn railway line, Park Street, Waverley Street and Buckley Street in the south, and Hoffmans Road in the west.

Name origin

Essendon is named after a village in Hertfordshire, England.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, although growth was minimal until the late 1800s. Significant development occurred during the early 1900s and the interwar period, with expansion continuing in the post-war years. The population and dwelling stock increased marginally from the early 1990s.

Land use

Essendon is an established residential area, with commercial areas along Keilor Road and Mount Alexander Road and around the Essendon railway station.

Major features

Major features of the area include Kangan Institute (Essendon Campus), Niddrie Central Shopping Centre, Essendon Traffic School, Essendon Football Club Hall of Fame, Buckley Park, Allison Park, Bradshaw Reserve, Clarinda Park, Cross Keys Reserve, Essendon Recreation Reserve (Windy Hill), Five Mile Creek Reserve, Lincoln Park, Montgomery Park, Salmon Reserve, Thompson Reserve, Woodlands Park, Bradshaw Street Hall, Cooper Street Community Centre, the Essendon, Glenbervie and Strathmore railway stations and numerous schools.