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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Stockton is 4,207, with a population density of 11.70 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Stockton is bounded by the Port Stephens Council area in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, and the Hunter River in the south and west.

Name origin

Stockton is thought to be named after a town in England. It was previously known as Pirates Point.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s when the first land grant was made, with land used mainly for industry, particularly ship building. Population was minimal until the 1850s, with coal mining from the 1880s. Residential growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s. Significant development occurred from the 1970s, spurred by the opening of the Stockton Bridge, linking the area to the Newcastle CBD. The population gradually declined between 1991 and 2006, and then was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011, a result of few new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Stockton is a mainly residential area, with a commercial area along Mitchell Street.

Major features

Major features of the area include Stockton Beach, Little Park Beach, Stockton Pool, Ballast Ground, Breen Park, Corroba Park, Dalby Oval, Griffith Park, Hunter Street Reserve, Lynn Oval, Norm Basson Lions Park, Pitt Street Reserve, Rawson Park, Stockton Skate Park, Fort Wallace, Pirate Point, Shipwreck Walk, Stockton Ferry Wharf and two schools.