|Estimated HDB Resident Population ||149,600|
|HDB Flats Under Management||48,915|
The name Ang Mo Kio is derived from the combination of two phrases in Hokkien, “ang mo dan” 红毛丹(rambutan) a fruit which grew plentifully in old kampongs and "kio" 桥 (bridge). It described a specific spot easily recognized by the residents, as there were then many concrete bridges built. Ang Mo Kio has also been known by the former name kou-teu kio
, Hokkien for ‘Ninth Bridge’.
Ang Mo Kio was developed in the 1970s. With a history of over thirty years, the town offers a wide array of established facilities for its residents.
A distinctive landmark in Ang Mo Kio is the circular point block at the entrance of the housing estates from Upper Thomson Road. Until today, the block remains the only HDB block with the distinctive circular design.
A stroll through blocks in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 would turn up giant, shiny red tomatoes stacked around the precinct pavilion. The whimsical sculptures are a product of a play on the town's name and colourful history.
Ang Mo Kio was also the first town where the town council concept was launched as a pilot project in 1986.