|Estimated HDB Resident Population ||179,600|
|HDB Flats Under Management||50,248|
Hougang is the largest HDB new town based on land area. It was once a large area of forested land, with pig-rearing activities on farms. The last of these pig farmers were relocated by the mid-1990s, to new HDB flats built in Hougang.
The name Hougang stems from the Hokkien and Teochew word Au-Kang
, which refers to the ‘river end’, as Hougang is located upstream or at the back of Sungei Serangoon. Many Singaporean Chinese residents in the town speak the Teochew language as many were formerly from a Teochew community at Kampong Punggol before being relocated to Hougang. This trend however undergoes constant shifts, with new residents moving in from other parts of Singapore.
In January 2011, it was announced that Hougang is one of three heartland areas that will undergo comprehensive redevelopment under phase two of HDB's Remaking Our Heartland
While the redevelopment plans for the three areas will build on their distinctive features, the plans will have several common elements, namely they will focus on improving homes, rejuvenating town centres, building up outdoor recreational choices, and strengthening the memories and heritage of the towns.