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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Somerville is 11,652, with a population density of 3.04 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Somerville is bounded by Frankston-Flinders Road, Watson Creek, the locality of Pearcedale and South Boundary Road East in the north, Western Port in the east, the locality of Tyabb, Pikes Road and O'Neills Road in the south, and Coolart Road in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for grazing, farming and market gardening. The township of Somerville was established in the late 1850s. Growth took place in the late 1800s, aided by the construction of the railway line and the development of a fruit growing industry. Significant development did not occur until the 1960s. Rapid growth took place during the 1980s. The population continued to increase substantially during the 1990s, with growth slowing between 2001 and 2011 as fewer new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Somerville is a rural and residential area, with some industrial and commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Centro Somerville, Somerville Plaza, Bembridge 9 Hole Golf Course, Somerville Recreation & Community Centre, Danbury Park Riding Centre, Treehaven Equestrian Centre, Barber Reserve, Colchester Park, Fruit Growers Reserve, Gordon Rolfe Bushland Reserve, Somerville Bushland Reserve, Somerville Recreation Reserve, Unthanks Bushland Reserve, the Western Port foreshore mangroves and various schools.