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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Epping is 15,721, with a population density of 6.85 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Epping is bounded by Harvest Home Road, the Hume Freeway, O’Herns Road and Findon Road in the north, Mill Park Secondary College, Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium, McDonalds Road and the railway line in the east, Childs Road, Deveny Road, a line running continuous of Deveny Road, Blessington Parade, the Hume Freeway and Barry Road Grasslands in the south, and Merri Creek and Craigieburn Grassland Nature Conservation Reserve in the west.

Name origin

Epping is thought to be named after Epping Forest in England.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1839, with land used mainly for farming, particularly dairy farming from the mid 1800s to the late 1900s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s when a village developed around the railway station. Significant development did not occur until the 1970s, with rapid growth continuing during the 1980s. The population continued to increase during the 1990s, but at a slower rate, as fewer new dwellings were added to the area. The population declined slightly between 2001 and 2011, a result of little change in dwelling stock, and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Epping includes residential areas in the east, rural areas in the north-west, considerable industrial areas, some commercial areas, and substantial parklands in the west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Pacific Epping Shopping Centre, Melbourne Market, Epping Homemaker Centre, Dalton Shopping Centre, Greenbrook Shopping Centre, Melbourne Polytechnic (Epping Campus), The Northern Hospital, Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium, Darebin Creek Parklands, YMCA Leisure City Epping, Metropolitan Clay Target Club, Casa D’Abruzzo Club, Duffy Street Recreation Reserve, Epping Recreation Reserve, Kalman Park, Lowalde Recreation Reserve, Peppercorn Park, Supply Park, Winchester Avenue Reserve, the Epping railway station and numerous schools.

Included areas

This small area encompasses most of the southern and north-western parts of the suburb of Epping, and the north-western part of the suburb of Lalor. The remaining parts of the suburb of Epping are included in the Epping North - Wollert, Rural Balance and South Morang small areas. The remaining parts of the suburb of Lalor are included in the Lalor and Thomastown small areas.