Park Ridge, Queensland
Park Ridge Road, 2014
|• Density||135.3/km2 (350.6/sq mi)|
|Area||17.2 km2 (6.6 sq mi)|
Park Ridge is a suburb of the City of Logan, Queensland, Australia. Park Ridge lies to Logan's west and enjoys a rural setting. There are manicured acreage properties buffered by bushland. At the 2011 census the suburb recorded a population of 2,328. Part of the suburb's western boundary is marked by the Mount Lindesay Highway.
Logan Ridges was the original name for the suburb of Park Ridges. This was until the early 1890s, when the post office changed its name to reflect the park-like nature of the area.
Early settlers hailed from Yorkshire and timber-getting and farming were the primary industries during the 1890s and remained important through to the early 20th century, when tobacco growing was taken on. Success was fleeting and eventually poultry farming came to the fore; Ingham's Chickens becoming a major employer.
Park Ridge Provisional School opened on 23 April 1895 located between Rosia Road and Hillcrest Road; it became a state school on 1 January 1909. Unfortunately, the building did not have ant caps on the stumps and eventually the white ants damaged the building. In 1915, the school relocated to its present site where the (then) disused Browns Plains Provision School had been relocated.
Park Ridge State High School opened on 29 January 1991. Parklands Christian College opened on 11 April 2001.
The size of Park Ridge is approximately 17 km². The population of Park Ridge in 1996 was 1,549 people. By 2001 the population was 1,745 showing a population growth of 13% in the area during that time. The predominant age group in Park Ridge is 50 – 59 years.
Households in Park Ridge are primarily couples with children and are likely to be repaying between $1000.00 - $1200.00 per month on mortgage repayments. In general, people in Park Ridge work in a professional occupation. In 1996, 71% of the homes in Park Ridge were owner-occupied compared with 70% in 2001. Park Ridge is known as one of the largest major areas in South East Queensland in terms of size, with a portion of the suburb being entitled as acreage land which is also the reason for high house prices.
In the 2011 Census the population of Park Ridge is 2,328, 51.7% female and 48.3% male.
The median/average age of the Park Ridge population is 54 years of age, 17 years above the Australian average.
62.1% of people living in Park Ridge were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 9.8%, New Zealand 5.2%, Taiwan 4.1%, Scotland 1.4%, Netherlands 1.3%.
80.8% of people speak English as their first language 5.6% Mandarin, 1.2% Vietnamese, 0.8% Dutch, 0.6% German, 0.6% Slovak.
There are four schools in Park Ridge.
- Park Ridge State School, a government primary school, is located at 3776 Mount Lindesay Highway ( ).
- Park Ridge State High School, a government secondary school, is located at 14-30 Lancewood Street ( )
- Parklands Christian College, a primary and secondary school (P-12), is located at 11 Hillcrest Road( )
- St Philomena School, a primary and secondary school (P-10) is located at 61-71 Koplick Road ( )
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