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The population of Ballarat Central at the 2016 census was 5,328,  making it the third most populous in the urban area.
It is the third oldest settlement in Greater Ballarat (after the gold rush settlements of Ballarat East and Golden Point ).
Planned as a permanent settlement shortly following the initial gold rush, it was formerly known as Ballaarat West or the new township of Ballaarat.
While the original name for Ballarat Central was Ballaarat and later Ballarat West, the current name originates from the Central Division, a mining lead in the 1870s.
It was officially gazetted "Ballarat Central" sometime after the 1980s although it is still marked simply "Ballarat" on some maps.
In the 2016 Census, there were 5,328 people in Ballarat Central.
The most common responses for religion were No Religion 40.1% and Catholic 24.8%.
Planning approval was granted in 2010 for a six storey building on Mair Street.
The Ballarat City Council approved a Central Business District Strategy for the development of buildings, development sites, transport and streetscape for the next 20 – 25 years in late 2010.
Ballarat Central contains the main retail area of Ballarat, however in recent decades it has been challenged by Wendouree .
Many semi-detached and double storey houses in Ballarat Central such as these have been converted into offices or medical suitesOf occupied private dwellings in Ballarat Central, 75.3% were separate houses, 12.6% were semi-detached and 11.1% were flat or apartments.
With the exception of Sturt Street Gardens , and small squares at Civic Hall, Camp Street, Bridge Mall and church grounds there is very little accessible recreational space in Ballarat Central.
Car parking is a major problem in Ballarat Central, with restricted parking times ( parking meters ).
While there are several parking lots , including a multi-storey facility on Dana Street owned by the council, parking spaces are heavily used.