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In Victoria, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+278,349) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Victoria's religion statistics provide an indicator of cultural identity and ethnicity when observed in conjunction with other key variables. Religion data reveal the major concentrations of religions as well as revealing the proportion of people with no religious affiliation. There are a number of reasons for different religious compositions across areas including the country of birth and ethnic background of the population, the age of the population (belief in religion is generally stronger, the older the population) and changes in values and belief systems.

Victoria's religion statistics should be analysed in conjunction with other ethnicity statistics such as Country of Birth data and Language Spoken data to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Victoria - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic1,421,71926.625.11,348,51027.425.6+73,209
Anglican656,72312.317.1671,05213.618.7-14,329
Uniting Church250,9364.75.0273,8465.65.7-22,910
Buddhism168,5813.12.5132,4152.72.1+36,166
Greek Orthodox167,7893.11.8163,1023.31.9+4,687
Islam152,7542.92.2109,2672.21.7+43,487
Presbyterian and Reformed142,2802.72.8143,0062.93.0-726
Christian,nfd100,2701.92.268,6691.41.6+31,601
Hinduism83,1021.61.342,2480.90.7+40,854
Baptist77,8631.51.669,0281.41.6+8,835
Pentecostal46,5370.91.141,4830.81.1+5,054
Judaism45,1580.80.541,0560.80.4+4,102
Lutheran41,4670.81.242,3520.91.3-885
Sikhism29,3820.50.39,0400.20.1+20,342
Other Eastern Orthodox23,2930.40.321,5070.40.3+1,786
Macedonian Orthodox21,8270.40.221,4610.40.2+366
Jehova's Witnesses15,2170.30.414,1160.30.4+1,101
Churches of Christ13,9780.30.215,3860.30.3-1,408
Other Protestant13,5270.30.312,1530.20.3+1,374
Salvation Army12,9570.20.313,7320.30.3-775
Serbian Orthodox12,2790.20.212,4830.30.2-204
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)11,0900.20.39,8880.20.3+1,202
Seventh Day Adventist10,4370.20.38,9940.20.3+1,443
Coptic Orthodox6,9730.10.15,3020.10.1+1,671
Russian Orthodox5,9870.10.15,2730.10.1+714
Other Non-Christian Religions5,6840.10.14,7330.10.1+951
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - Summary
Victoria - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total3,078,11757.561.12,982,83460.663.9+95,283
Non Christian total500,1159.37.2352,0277.15.6+148,088
Non-classifiable religious belief45,5390.90.836,2880.70.7+9,251
No religion1,283,89324.022.31,005,54420.418.7+278,349
Not stated446,3678.38.6549,26611.211.2-102,899

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 25.1% Anglican, Australia: 17.1% Uniting Church, Australia: 5.0% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.8% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Hinduism, Australia: 1.3% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Victoria: 26.6% Anglican, Victoria: 12.3% Uniting Church, Victoria: 4.7% Buddhism, Victoria: 3.1% Greek Orthodox, Victoria: 3.1% Islam, Victoria: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Victoria: 2.7% Christian,nfd, Victoria: 1.9% Hinduism, Victoria: 1.6% Baptist, Victoria: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Victoria: +73,209 Anglican, Victoria: -14,329 Uniting Church, Victoria: -22,910 Buddhism, Victoria: +36,166 Greek Orthodox, Victoria: +4,687 Islam, Victoria: +43,487 Presbyterian and Reformed, Victoria: -726 Christian,nfd, Victoria: +31,601 Hinduism, Victoria: +40,854 Baptist, Victoria: +8,835
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Victoria in 2011 compared to Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 66.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.0% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Victoria was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.6% of the population or 1,421,719 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Victoria and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.6% compared to 25.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.1% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (12.3% compared to 17.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Victoria between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+73,209 persons)
  • Islam (+43,487 persons)
  • Hinduism (+40,854 persons)
  • Buddhism (+36,166 persons)
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