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In Cheltenham, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+248) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Cheltenham'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.

Cheltenham'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
Cheltenham - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic79223.525.176624.325.4+26
Anglican56016.618.855417.620.9+6
Uniting Church1454.34.71845.85.9-38
Presbyterian and Reformed1023.02.61103.53.0-9
Greek Orthodox762.33.4822.63.3-6
Buddhism401.21.3290.91.1+11
Baptist351.00.7351.10.80
Christian,nfd341.01.0290.90.9+6
Lutheran290.90.7250.80.8+5
Islam250.80.5200.60.4+5
Hinduism230.70.4120.40.3+11
Pentecostal210.60.4160.50.4+4
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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
Cheltenham - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total1,84454.758.81,86359.162.8-19
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1173.55.81023.25.3+14
Non-classifiable religious belief
662.00.8381.20.7+28
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,01830.226.576924.420.5+248
Not stated
3289.78.138112.110.7-53

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, City of Bayside: 25.1% Anglican, City of Bayside: 18.8% Uniting Church, City of Bayside: 4.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Bayside: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Bayside: 3.4% Buddhism, City of Bayside: 1.3% Baptist, City of Bayside: 0.7% Christian,nfd, City of Bayside: 1.0% Lutheran, City of Bayside: 0.7% Islam, City of Bayside: 0.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Cheltenham: 23.5% Anglican, Cheltenham: 16.6% Uniting Church, Cheltenham: 4.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Cheltenham: 3.0% Greek Orthodox, Cheltenham: 2.3% Buddhism, Cheltenham: 1.2% Baptist, Cheltenham: 1.0% Christian,nfd, Cheltenham: 1.0% Lutheran, Cheltenham: 0.9% Islam, Cheltenham: 0.8%
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, Cheltenham: +26 Anglican, Cheltenham: +6 Uniting Church, Cheltenham: -38 Presbyterian and Reformed, Cheltenham: -9 Greek Orthodox, Cheltenham: -6 Buddhism, Cheltenham: +11 Baptist, Cheltenham: 0 Christian,nfd, Cheltenham: +6 Lutheran, Cheltenham: +5 Islam, Cheltenham: +5
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 Cheltenham in 2011 compared to City of Bayside shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 58.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 30.2% said they had no religion, compared with 64.6% and 26.5% respectively for City of Bayside.

The largest single religion in Cheltenham was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.5% of the population or 792 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Cheltenham and City of Bayside were:

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (16.6% compared to 18.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.5% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (2.3% compared to 3.4%)

Emerging groups

There were no major differences in Cheltenham between 2006 and 2011.