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In Bass Coast Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,234) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Bass Coast Shire'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.

Bass Coast Shire'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
Bass Coast Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic6,50122.025.15,56321.025.0+938
Anglican5,61018.916.75,39020.317.8+220
Uniting Church1,6685.68.61,7796.79.9-111
Presbyterian and Reformed1,0063.44.29443.64.5+62
Baptist5671.91.45091.91.4+58
Christian,nfd5261.81.93701.41.4+156
Buddhism2991.00.71560.60.5+143
Lutheran1650.61.31730.71.4-8
Greek Orthodox1590.50.51400.50.5+19
Salvation Army1460.50.41560.60.4-10
Pentecostal1270.40.81410.50.9-14
Jehova's Witnesses1190.40.31120.40.3+7
Islam540.20.6260.10.5+28
Seventh Day Adventist420.10.2230.10.2+19
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)370.10.2340.10.2+3
Hinduism340.10.2170.10.1+17
Churches of Christ330.10.4370.10.4-4
Other Protestant330.10.2430.20.2-10
Paganism310.10.1260.10.1+5
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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
Bass Coast Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total16,83156.862.715,47658.364.9+1,355
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5131.72.03111.21.5+202
Non-classifiable religious belief
2770.90.82060.80.7+71
map this data in atlas.idNo religion8,90930.125.46,67525.121.5+2,234
Not stated
3,08610.49.03,87314.611.4-787

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, Regional VIC: 25.1% Anglican, Regional VIC: 16.7% Uniting Church, Regional VIC: 8.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: 4.2% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.4% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 1.9% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.7% Lutheran, Regional VIC: 1.3% Greek Orthodox, Regional VIC: 0.5% Salvation Army, Regional VIC: 0.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Bass Coast Shire: 22.0% Anglican, Bass Coast Shire: 18.9% Uniting Church, Bass Coast Shire: 5.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Bass Coast Shire: 3.4% Baptist, Bass Coast Shire: 1.9% Christian,nfd, Bass Coast Shire: 1.8% Buddhism, Bass Coast Shire: 1.0% Lutheran, Bass Coast Shire: 0.6% Greek Orthodox, Bass Coast Shire: 0.5% Salvation Army, Bass Coast Shire: 0.5%
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, Bass Coast Shire: +938 Anglican, Bass Coast Shire: +220 Uniting Church, Bass Coast Shire: -111 Presbyterian and Reformed, Bass Coast Shire: +62 Baptist, Bass Coast Shire: +58 Christian,nfd, Bass Coast Shire: +156 Buddhism, Bass Coast Shire: +143 Lutheran, Bass Coast Shire: -8 Greek Orthodox, Bass Coast Shire: +19 Salvation Army, Bass Coast Shire: -10
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 Bass Coast Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 58.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 30.1% said they had no religion, compared with 64.7% and 25.4% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in Bass Coast Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.0% of the population or 6,501 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Bass Coast Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.9% compared to 16.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.0% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (5.6% compared to 8.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+938 persons)
  • Anglican (+220 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+156 persons)
  • Buddhism (+143 persons)
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