|Population||12,482 (2011 census)|
|• Density||3,120/km2 (8,080/sq mi)|
|Area||4.0 km2 (1.5 sq mi)|
|Location||14 km (9 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Bayside|
Hampton is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 14 kilometres (9 mi) south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Bayside. At the 2011 Census, Hampton had a population of 12,482.
Hampton is in a wealthy bayside area of Melbourne, wedged between the suburbs of Brighton and Sandringham. Hampton has a vibrant shopping centre along the main road, Hampton Street, boasting more than 50 cafes and restaurants plus numerous fashionable boutiques.
Hampton, like Brighton, started off as a place of market gardens in the 1840s and 1850s, supplying fruits and vegetables for Melbourne. In the 1850s, interest started to grow in the beaches in the area as places for daytrips and holidays for Melbournians, particularly Picnic Point, on the beautiful bay foreshore of Hampton. This expanded when a railway line was built to Brighton Beach in the 1860s. In 1887, the railway line was extended to Sandringham, with a station servicing Picnic Point. It was called Retreat, after the Retreat Hotel at the Point. However, several landmarks in the area, including the beach, had been named Hampton, after a local market gardener Dyas Hampton, and as wealthy landowners began buying subdivided land in the area, they favored the name Hampton as it sounded more regal. The name was set when the station was renamed Hampton. Hampton Post Office opened on 1 July 1909.
The population continued to grow at the start of the new century, with war commission homes being built for returned WW1 soldiers. Rapid development occurred in the 1930s when the market gardens were subdivided, and today Hampton is part of Melbourne's suburban sprawl. In 1957 Hampton North Post Office opened near South Road.
The railway station remains, although not the original building.
The major football club in Hampton is the Hampton Rovers AFL Football Club who compete in the Victorian Amateur Football Association and MSJFL with a total of 22 teams.
The main cricket club in the suburb is the Hampton Cricket Club which has teams in both turf and synthetic competitions. The club has both senior and junior teams and celebrated its centenary in 2007–08.
Soccer is very popular due to the efforts of the Hampton Junior Soccer Club. The club caters for boys and girls from U7s to U18s.
The Hampton Angling club is located on the foreshore and is renowned as one of the best angling clubs in Australia due to its prime location close to Australia's best snapper fishing waters.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hampton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Full Point Footy, Southern Football League, retrieved 21 October 2008