Manningham community profile and forecasts

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data from 2011 shows that that the median age of Manningham residents is 42.4, 31 per cent of our community have a non-English speaking background and our City continues to be an attractive place for families to live. For a snapshot of the latest statistics and demographic population data, use the .id toolkit, including:

  • Community Profile: Population facts and characteristics with comparisons over time and with other areas
  • Population Forecast: Outlines the factors driving population change in the community and how the population, age structure and household types will change each year
  • Social Atlas: Maps that show how particular population groups are distributed across the City
  • Economic Profile: Economic information that describes Manningham’s role within the broader regional economy.

The Manningham Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the City and its suburbs based on results from the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures.

The Manningham population and household forecasts present what is driving population change in the community and how the population, age structure and household types will change each year between 2011 and 2036. The forecasts are designed to provide community groups, investors, businesses, students and the general public with knowledge to make confident decisions about the future. Forecasts are available for each year from 2011 to 2036.

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) Community demographic profile and ABS Manningham Regional Statistics.


  • 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 .


As of 2011, 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 per cent)
  • Health care and social assistance (14.9 per cent)
  • Education and training (11.2 per cent)

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.


The 2016 Estimated Resident Population of Manningham is 120,716, an increase of 3,758 from 2011 (116,958).

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

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.

Age Structure

In 2011:

  • 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 Diversity

In 2011, 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 per cent), Greek (7.1 per cent), Mandarin (6.2 per cent), Italian (5.1 per cent) and Arabic (1.6 per cent).

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

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 are:

China 5.9 per cent China 4.2 per cent 
Italy 3.2 per cent Italy 3.6 per cent 
United Kingdom 3.1 per cent United Kingdom 3.3 per cent 
Malaysia 2.9 per cent Greece 3.1 per cent 
Greece 2.8 per cent Hong Kong 2.6 per cent 

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 are:

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


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)


In 2011, 29 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)


In 2011, 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)