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The 2013 population for Newtown is 8,418, with a population density of 32.91 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Newtown is bounded by Adelaide Road, Hospital Road, the suburb of Mt Cook, Wellington College and the suburb of Mt Victoria in the north, Alexandra Road, Crawford Road, the suburb of Kilbirnie, the Town Belt and the suburb of Melrose in the east, the Town Belt, Mt Albert Road, Russell Terrace, Waripori Street and Rintoul Street in the south, and the suburb of Berhampore, Finnimore Terrace, Hutchison Road and John Street in the west.

Settlement history

Colonial settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the 1870s. Rapid growth took place during the late 1800s, aided by the construction of Wellington Hospital in 1878. Expansion continued during the early 1900s. Some gentrification took place from the 1980s. The population increased gradually between 2001 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly medium and high density housing.

Land use

Newtown is an established residential area. The regional hospital and zoo are located here.

Included areas

This small area encompasses most of the suburb of Newtown, and small parts of Berhampore, Island Bay, Kilbirnie and Melrose.