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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Bowen is 5,709, with a population density of 9.32 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Bowen is bounded by Phillip Street in the north, Ophir Road, the extent of the urban area and Perc Griffith Way in the east, the Mitchell Highway (Bathurst Road) in the south, and the railway line in the west.

Name origin

Bowen is named after an original terrace of homes in the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, although population was minimal until the late 1800s. The most significant development occurred in the post-war years. The population declined slightly between 1991 and 2006, and then was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011 due to little change in dwelling stock.

Land use

Bowen is a predominantly residential area within the township of Orange, with some rural land in the eastern section.

Major features

Major features of the area include Dudley Private Hospital, Orange Showground, Anzac Park, Margaret Stevenson Park, Newman Park, Orange General Cemetery & Crematorium and numerous schools.

Included areas

Bowen encompasses the eastern part of the urban section of the locality of Orange.