Who We Are

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Who are the people of Port Phillip? Who inhabits the St Kilda streets? What makes up the 52,900 residents that form the pulsing bay community? From the 2011 Census held within the area, stats disclose the social foundation of those of us who call St Kilda ‘home’.

The majority of our community fill the many flats, units and apartments that spread throughout the area. Standardly, they bring in over $3,000 a week and are mainly renting. They tend to be in their mid-to-late twenties, and are either single or married. They’re usually childless and live either independently or share with one other, two bedrooms per home on average. Over 31,000 of these citizens are Australian and of Caucasian decent. When their history is looked into, their parents are usually found to be born overseas – though both parents that have been born in the country are also common. Religious views tend to lack highly – yet when a religion is given, Catholicism is most prominent.

St Kilda’s average household is the ‘family’ home, frequently found to be married, de facto or divorced with one or two children. Those within this social-standard are generally 33 and occupy the many one or three bedroom terrace, town or divided houses that spread over the area. They are mainly born in Australia with fathers, more so than mothers, born overseas. Other common birth places are England, New Zealand or India. Their communal average weekly wage is $957, most paying mortgages yet others owning their property outright or renting for a standard $340 a week.

Largely the minority get a household income of less than $600, living in group accommodations which often support four or more bedrooms. Higher rates of unemployment, caring responsibilities or unpaid work scatter within their statistics and are more likely to be renting a single or shared room temporarily, month by month or night by night. Many are separated or widowed, ageing from 65 onwards. They or their mother are more likely born overseas, Ireland or America being the most common; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders sitting at 0.3 per cent. Religions within the minority tend to be Anglican, Jewish or Eastern Orthodox. Children also are included in this smaller grouping, making up ten per cent of the population and are mainly looked after by single mothers.

While the Census indicates us to be a somewhat assorted community, we are fairly renowned for our diversities within our crowd. Whether well-off, struggling or comfortable, we are accustomed and aware of each other’s social and financial differences. People reflect places, and places people. Although we contrast, we enliven Port Phillip Bay.

By Eve Kelly

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