The Gowanbrae profile covers social demographics from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing.
The place of usual residence population was 2,904 and the median age was 37. The average number of people per household was 2.7.
Gowanbrae has a smaller percentage of people aged 20 to 39 years old (26.6%) compared to the City of Merri-bek (38.4%). The City of Merri-bek has a slightly lower percentage of residents aged 0 to 19 years (20.4%) compared with the suburb of Gowanbrae (27.6%).
Country of birth
71.2% of Gowanbrae residents stated they were born in Australia. The top 5 countries of birth for Gowanbrae (excluding Australia) were Italy, Fiji, Sri Lanka, and China.
Gowanbrae has a larger proportion of residents who speak English only at home (67.4%) compared to the City of Merri-bek (56.0%).
The top 5 languages spoken at home in Gowanbrae (other than English) were Italian, Sinhalese, Hindi, Greek and Mandarin.
A larger proportion of Gowanbrae residents professed no religious affiliation (41.1%) compared to the City of Merri-bek (31.9%).
The main religions represented by Gowanbrae residents were Catholicism (41.1%), Anglican (7.1%) and Eastern Orthodox (4.7%).
A total of 29.1 per cent of residents in Gowanbrae were attending an educational institution. Of those attending an educational institute at the time of the 2016 census 12.7 per cent of Gowanbrae residents were attending a university or tertiary institution which contrasted with 27.3 per cent of those living in the City of Merri-bek.
The majority of dwellings separate houses in Gowanbrae (77.8%). This was followed by semi-detached, row/terrace housing (16.8%) and flats/apartments (5.4%) and Three bedroom dwellings were more common (47.6%) in Gowanbrae than four bedroom dwellings (32.9%) which was the next most common number of bedrooms.
In the City of Merri-bek separate houses accounted for 56.3 per cent of dwellings. This was followed by semi-detached, row/terrace housing (26.3%) and flats/apartments (16.6%) and. Three bedroom dwellings were more common (41.6%) in Merri-bek than two bedroom dwellings (33.3%) which was the next most common number of bedrooms.
The Moreland Community Profile website has detailed statistical and demographic information about Merri-bek and its suburbs based on results from the latest Census and previous Censuses of Population and Housing. The site is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures.