The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data indicates Manningham's multicultural diversity is increasing, our population is ageing and our City continues to be an attractive place for families to live.

For a snapshot of the latest data please view Icon for application/pdf Manningham 2011 ABS Census Fact Sheet (2.13 MB)Icon for application/pdf Manningham Transport Census Fact Sheet (2.13 MB) and Community Profile.


  • The City has a total land area of 114 square kilometres, including substantial green open spaces.
  • The municipality is mostly defined by natural boundaries: the Yarra to the north and west, Koonung Creek to the south.
  • The Mullum Mullum Creek divides Manningham into two distinct areas with the land to the west being urban in character and primarily rural/residential land to the east.
  • Our transport network includes more than 40 bus routes, more than 45 kilometres of off-road bicycle trails and 850 kilometres of roads.


  • Manningham has one of the largest networks of open space in metropolitan Melbourne. It covers approximately 17 per cent of the municipality, and includes more than 300 parks, gardens and reserves.
  • We are home to 22 per cent of Victoria's known plants, including 11 species of State significance and four species of National significance.
  • We provide a sanctuary to 56 threatened animal species .


Manningham has a thriving and diverse local economy serviced by more than 27,500 registered local businesses, including almost 12,719 active businesses.

The three top employment sectors are:

  • Retail trade (20.4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14.9%)
  • Education and training (11.2%)

The vast majority (82 per cent) of businesses in Manningham are small businesses employing fewer than five people and approximately one third of all Manningham businesses are home based.


In 2002, Council through its Icon for application/pdf Residential Strategy 2012 (9.74 MB) and Icon for application/pdf Affordable Housing Policy and Action Plan (416.04 KB) set a population target of 120,000 by 2021. An important part of this population target is the development of the Doncaster Hill activity centre. 

Cultural Diversity

Approximately 40 per cent of Manningham residents were born outside of Australia. A large proportion of our population originated from China, Italy, Malaysia, Greece and England. Consequently, 39 per cent of residents speak a language other than English at home. The top 5 non-English languages spoken at home include Cantonese (7.9%), Greek (7.1%), Mandarin (6.2%), Italian (5.1%) and Arabic (1.6%).

Manningham Council endorsed the city as a Refugee Welcome Zone in October 2014.

Ageing Population

Like much of Melbourne, the Manningham population is ageing. Based on the first released data of 2011 Census, 19 per cent of Manningham residents were aged 65 and over.

Manningham Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducted a Census of Population and Housing in August 2011. Some key statistics for Manningham include.


The 2013 Estimated Resident Population of Manningham was 117,537, an increase of 579 from 2011 (116,958).

Age Structure

  • The median age of residents was 42; this has increased from 40 in 2006 and 38 in 2001
  • The number of children aged 0-4 years was 5,399, a decrease of 0.3 per cent from 2006
  • The number of residents aged 30-39 years was 12,349, a decrease of 1.4 per cent from 2006
  • The number of residents aged 65 years and over was 21,469, an increase of 2.7 per cent from 2006

Cultural and language diversity

36.5 per cent of residents were born overseas, an increase of 2.5 per cent from 2006

The top five common countries of birth other than Australia were:

China 4.2%China 5.9%
Italy 3.6%Italy 3.2%
United Kingdom 3.3%United Kingdom 3.1%
Greece 3.1%Malaysia 2.9%
Hong Kong 2.6%Greece 2.8%
  • 38.8 per cent of residents spoke a language other than English at home, an increase of 3.1 per cent from 2006

The top five non-English languages spoken at home were:

Cantonese 7.5%Cantonese 7.9%
Greek 7.4%Greek 7.1%
Italian 5.7%Mandarin 6.2%
Mandarin 4.3%Italian 5.1%
Arabic 1.6%Arabic 1.6%


Of the families in Manningham:

  • 41 per cent were couple families with children, a decrease of 1.2 per cent from 2006
  • 27 per cent were couple families without children, an increase of 0.5 per cent from 2006
  • 9.4 per cent were single parent families, an increase of 0.3 per cent from 2006
  • Of the single parent families, 17.5 per cent of single parents were male and 82.5 per cent were female


Of the households in Manningham:

  • 80.5 per cent were family households, an increase of 1.4 per cent from 2006
  • 17.2 per cent were lone person households, an increase of 0.7 per cent from 2006
  • 2.0 per cent were group households, an increase of 0.3 per cent from 2006


Of occupied private dwellings in Manningham:

  • 81.7 per cent were separate houses, a decrease of 1.8 per cent from 2006
  • 11.5 per cent were semi-detached, row or terrace houses and townhouses etc, an increase of 1.5 per cent from 2006
  • 5.9 per cent were flats, units or apartments, an increase of 0.4 per cent from 2006


There were 55,824 residents working in the labour force. Of these residents, 58.2 per cent were employed full time and 35.1 per cent were employed part-time, compared with 60 per cent and 32.3 per cent respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The median age of residents employed full-time was 43 years, compared with 40 years for Greater Melbourne.

The most common occupations include:

  • Professionals 27.7 per cent (Greater Melbourne 24 per cent)
  • Managers 16.1 per cent (Greater Melbourne 12.5 per cent)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers 15.6 per cent (Greater Melbourne 15.3 per cent)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers 11.3 per cent (Greater Melbourne 13.4 per cent)
  • Sales Workers 11.3 per cent (Greater Melbourne 9.7 per cent)


Twenty nine per cent of residents attended an educational institution, compared with 31 per cent for Greater Melbourne.

Of these residents:

  • 25.6 per cent attended primary school (Greater Melbourne 24.6 per cent)
  • 24.7 per cent attended secondary school (Greater Melbourne 20.5 per cent)
  • 25.3 per cent attended tertiary or technical institution (Greater Melbourne 24.6 per cent)

Method of travel to work

In Manningham, employed residents travel to work by:

  • Car as driver 65.6 per cent (Greater Melbourne 60.6 per cent), compared with 66.1 per cent in 2006
  • Car as passenger 4.7 per cent (Greater Melbourne 4.3 per cent), compared with 5.1 per cent in 2006
  • Bus 7.5 per cent (Greater Melbourne 1.5 per cent), compared with 5.6 per cent in 2006
  • Train 3.3 per cent (Greater Melbourne 10 per cent), compared with 2.8 per cent in 2006
  • Walked only 1.1 per cent (Greater Melbourne 2.9 per cent), which was the same (1.1 per cent) as 2006

(Source: .id Community Profile, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011 Census of Population and Housing Quickstat)