West Croydon has a population of 4,141 as of the ABS 2016 census, and is located 5 km west of the Central Business District of Adelaide. The population has changed greatly over the past 15 years as older residents move away, and younger residents move in. The main industry is Glass Manufacturing with ACI being one of the largest plants of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.
Croydon High School closed at the end of 2006 due to falling enrolments. The site is currently occupied by the School of Languages and the Adelaide Secondary School of English. The Islamic College of South Australia is also located in West Croydon.
The 2016 Census data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 4,141 people within the suburb of West Croydon. Of these 4,141 people, the suburb counted an exactly 50/50 split between males and females, with there being 2,068 males and 2,068 females counted.
The majority of residents (65.9%) are of Australian birth, with other residents being born in Italy (3.5%), Vietnam (3.2%), Greece (3.0%), England (2.7%), and India (1.4%). People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent made up 1.3% of the suburb.
92.6% of the residents were employed, while 7.4% were unemployed.
West Croydon transformed from mostly farmland into a suburb in 1925 when the Shillabeer family sold a large portion of East View Farm (established in 1840). In 1944 the Shillabeer farm homestead was purchased by the state government and became the Croydon Technical High School, which later changed name to Croydon High School. Adelaide Secondary School of English moved to the site in 1998.
Geography and transport
West Croydon is serviced by Torrens Road and Port Road, with Rosetta streets connecting the roads and going through the middle of the suburb. The suburb is also serviced by the West Croydon Train Station as well as bus routes on both Torrens Road and Port Road by Adelaide Metro.
State and federal
West Croydon lies in the state electoral district of Croydon and the federal electoral division of Adelaide. The suburb is represented in the South Australian House of Assembly by leader of South Australian opposition, Labor party member Peter Malinauskas and federally by Steve Georganas.
Facilities and attractions
Shopping and dining
Within West Croydon are the parks of MJ McInerney Reserve, Carnarvon Reserve and Croydon Avenue Reserve.
Places of worship in West Croydon include West Croydon United Church on Rosetta Street and St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church on Herbert Road.
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