Williamstown Neighbourhood Profile

About the area

The Williamstown neighbourhood begins at Yarra Street, to the north, and is bordered by Port Phillip Bay along the southern and eastern boundaries. To the west, the boundary is formed by the railway line, on the north side of Ferguson Street, which then links to Bayview Street via Kororoit Creek Road. (NB: Williamstown neighbourhood differs from the suburb of Williamstown; it does not include the area commonly called the Rifle Range.)

The neighbourhood is predominantly residential, with some small pockets of light industrial areas. Some streets are wide with bluestone kerbing and large, established street trees while others are much narrower and the housing is set close to the footpath.


At the 2011 Census, Williamstown had a population of almost 10,600 people (12% of the municipality’s residents). Population forecasts for 2015 indicate the current population is approximately 11,400 and forecast to around 13,648 by 2025.

Age Structure

The number of young and school-aged children increased between 2006 and 2011, as did the number of 18-24 year olds. Alongside this trend was a decrease in younger adults aged 25-34. Among the older age groups, the main change was an increase in adults in the 50-69 age bracket.

Overseas born residents

Approximately 21 per cent (2,190) of Williamstown residents were born overseas, well below the municipal rate of 31 per cent. The main countries of birth were the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Residents needing assistance

An estimated 1,800 residents living in Williamstown have a disability. At the 2011 Census, there were 428 residents who required assistance with core activities involving self care, communication and mobility.


Just over 25 per cent of residents are enrolled in education, marginally higher than the Hobsons Bay rate of 22 per cent. Just over 60 per cent of those aged 15 years and over have completed secondary school or a Year 12 equivalent, compared to the municipal figure of 50 per cent.

Labour force

Williamstown’s labour force participation rate (65%) is above the Hobsons Bay figure (61%). Its unemployment rate of 3.7 per cent is below the Hobsons Bay figure of 5.6 per cent. Sixty per cent work full time and 35 per cent work part time. The proportion of part-time workers is approximately four per cent higher than for Hobsons Bay.


Approximately 53 per cent of the Williamstown population aged over 15 years have gross weekly incomes below the Victorian average income of around $976, compared to the Hobsons Bay figure of 65 per cent. Around 24 per cent of Williamstown’s residents earned $1,500 or more per week, compared to 14 per cent of the Hobsons Bay population.


There were 4,656 dwellings in Williamstown. Sixty two per cent of these are detached houses, around 13 per cent less than the municipal rate. Approximately 34 per cent of households are homeowners, 32 per cent have a mortgage and 29 per cent are renters. The neighbourhood also has the largest supply of public housing in the municipality.


A slightly higher proportion of Williamstown households do not own a vehicle (Williamstown 11%; and Hobsons Bay 9%). Approximately 47 per cent of households own more than one vehicle, similar to the Hobsons Bay rate.