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Happy Valley

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Happy Valley is 11,449, with a population density of 47.42 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Happy Valley is bounded by Black Road and Reservoir Drive in the north, generally by the suburb of Flagstaff Hill, Happy Valley Drive and Windebanks Road in the east, the locality of Chandlers Hill, Education Road, the northern edge of The Vines Golf Club of Reynella and Reynell Road in the south, and Byards Road, Kenihans Road, Braes Close, Main South Road, Candy Road, Chandlers Hill Road and Main South Road in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming, grazing and grape growing. Much of the original township of Happy Valley was flooded by the Happy Valley Reservoir which was constructed in the 1890s. Significant residential development did not occur until the post-war years. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s, as Adelaide's suburban growth spread southwards. The population was relatively stable during the 1990s, and then fluctuated slightly between 2001 and 2011, due to small changes in dwelling stock, dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Happy Valley is a residential and rural area, with rural and water storage areas in the north.

Major features

Major features of the area include Happy Valley Reservoir, Ernst Bahr Reserve, Fountain Valley Reserve, Mason Reserve, Minkarra Park, Northern Community Recreation Park, Woodswallow Reserve, Happy Valley Shopping Centre, Horndale Distillery & Wine Cellars, Flagstaff Rotary Walk and two schools.