Lucky for me, the census happened to fall in the same year as the majority of my field work. This means that I will have the official numbers to compare and contrast with my observations.
If you think that Port Melbourne’s population has grown, then you are probably right. There were 14,521 people recorded as living in Port Melbourne according to the first release of census data from 2011. This compares with 13,293 people in the 2006 data.
Port Melbourne apparently does have more females than males, although the difference does not seem to be that large (7,488 to 7,033) and Australia as a whole does have more females than males, the difference in Port Melbourne is a little larger than in Australia as a whole. The gap in Port Melbourne is bigger than in 2006.
In Port Melbourne, the census recorded a smaller proportion of the population under 24 years and over 70 years than in Australia as a whole. Unsurprisingly, this is made up by a higher proportion of the population between the ages of 25 and 69.
A greater proportion of the population in Port Melbourne has never been married, than in Australia as a whole. The median age of people who have never been married is older amongst Port Melbourne residents (32 compared with 25 across Australia). However, this age gap becomes smaller when only people aged 15 years and older is included in the category of people who have never been married.