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Benalla Rural City

Religion

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In Benalla Rural City, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-1,096) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

Benalla Rural City'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.

Benalla Rural City'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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Benalla Rural City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,93321.222.73,28824.125.1-355
Anglican2,12715.313.32,44317.916.7-316
Uniting Church1,0387.56.51,3229.78.6-284
Presbyterian and Reformed6905.03.37915.84.2-101
Christian,nfd3092.22.12591.91.9+50
Baptist1811.31.31951.41.4-14
Pentecostal1100.80.71240.90.8-14
Salvation Army880.60.31030.80.4-15
Buddhism840.60.8830.60.7+1
Lutheran760.50.91280.91.3-52
Jehova's Witnesses690.50.3600.40.3+9
Hinduism470.30.4640.50.2-17
Other Protestant470.30.3350.30.2+12
Seventh Day Adventist310.20.2390.30.2-8
Islam310.20.770.10.6+24
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)270.20.1310.20.2-4
Greek Orthodox210.20.5280.20.5-7
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. 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
Benalla Rural City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total7,77756.153.18,87365.062.7-1,096
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2071.52.51931.42.0+14
Non-classifiable religious belief
660.50.61120.80.8-46
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,37731.634.03,34824.525.4+1,029
Not stated
1,44710.49.81,1178.29.0+330

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2016
Religion, 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional VIC: 22.7% Anglican, Regional VIC: 13.3% Uniting Church, Regional VIC: 6.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: 3.3% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 2.1% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.3% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.7% Salvation Army, Regional VIC: 0.3% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.8% Lutheran, Regional VIC: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Benalla Rural City: 21.2% Anglican, Benalla Rural City: 15.3% Uniting Church, Benalla Rural City: 7.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Benalla Rural City: 5.0% Christian,nfd, Benalla Rural City: 2.2% Baptist, Benalla Rural City: 1.3% Pentecostal, Benalla Rural City: 0.8% Salvation Army, Benalla Rural City: 0.6% Buddhism, Benalla Rural City: 0.6% Lutheran, Benalla Rural City: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Benalla Rural City: -355 Anglican, Benalla Rural City: -316 Uniting Church, Benalla Rural City: -284 Presbyterian and Reformed, Benalla Rural City: -101 Christian,nfd, Benalla Rural City: +50 Baptist, Benalla Rural City: -14 Pentecostal, Benalla Rural City: -14 Salvation Army, Benalla Rural City: -15 Buddhism, Benalla Rural City: +1 Lutheran, Benalla Rural City: -52
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Benalla Rural City in 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 57.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 31.6% said they had no religion, compared with 55.6% and 34.0% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in Benalla Rural City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.2% of the population or 2,933 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Benalla Rural City and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (15.3% compared to 13.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (5.0% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (21.2% compared to 22.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Benalla Rural City between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-355 persons)
  • Anglican (-316 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-284 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-101 persons)
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