Woodlands is home to an estimated HDB resident population of 242,500 and there are 68,153 HDB flats in the town (as of 31 March 2018).
Comprising Woodlands, Admiralty and Marsiling estates, the town was named Woodlands as it gave the appearance of a heavily-wooded area when viewed from the Johor side of the Straits.
In the 1970s and 1980s, kampungs in the area were relocated to make way for industrialisation and the development of Woodlands Town.
The town grew rapidly in the 1990s, and Woodlands was earmarked for extensive development to transform it into a regional centre for the northern part of Singapore in 1997.
Today, Woodlands has grown to become a town with large open spaces, grasslands, parks, recreational facilities, and communal gardens.
Residents can also look forward to the newly opened Kampung Admiralty – an integrated residential development with a range of healthcare, eldercare, childcare, and commercial facilities to serve residents of the area.
Woodlands is also one of the towns selected for the third batch of the Remaking Our Heartland programme, with plans to create more recreational spaces along Woodlands Waterfront.
Woodlands is a town buzzing with activity, with the Woodlands Civic Centre as a one-stop service centre to serve the administrative needs of residents living in the north. The place also houses the Woodlands Regional Library, one of the largest neighbourhood libraries in Singapore.
Other developments include Causeway Point Shopping Centre, Republic Polytechnic, Innova Junior College, and the Singapore Sports School.