Community Profile

Greater Dandenong (map) encompasses an area of 129 square kilometres in Melbourne’s south-east, approximately 35km from Melbourne’s CBD. Approximately 161,000 people live in Greater Dandenong. The City of Greater Dandenong is the most culturally diverse community in Victoria.

Greater Dandenong is comprised of residents from over 160 different birthplaces. Over half (64 per cent) of our population were born overseas, with 52 per cent from nations where English is not the main spoken language, double the Melbourne metropolitan average of 26%. Birthplaces include Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, China, Italy, Greece, Bosnia, Afghanistan, New Zealand and Britain. The number of Greater Dandenong residents born overseas rose 13,600 between 2011–2016 including more than 2,400 Indian-born residents, nearly 2,300 Afghans, 1,500 Vietnamese and 1,400 Cambodians.

The diversity of this city is reflected in the range of religious faiths including Buddhism (15 per cent), Islam (13 per cent), Hinduism (5 per cent) and Christianity (37 per cent). A majority (70 per cent) of Greater Dandenong residents speak languages other than English – the largest proportion in Victoria – including Vietnamese, Khmer, Chinese, Greek, Punjabi and Sinhalese.

This website is a great source of demographic data of Greater Dandenong. For further information about living, working and investing in the Greater Dandenong, contact the City of Greater Dandenong.

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