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Benalla Rural City

Religion

In Benalla Rural City, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+401) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Benalla Rural City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic3,28824.125.13,08522.825.0+203
Anglican2,44317.916.72,68919.917.8-246
Uniting Church1,3229.78.61,42810.69.9-106
Presbyterian and Reformed7915.84.28956.64.5-104
Christian,nfd2591.91.91991.51.4+60
Baptist1951.41.41691.21.4+26
Lutheran1280.91.31371.01.4-9
Pentecostal1240.90.81441.10.9-20
Salvation Army1030.80.4790.60.4+24
Buddhism830.60.7440.30.5+39
Hinduism640.50.2400.30.1+24
Jehova's Witnesses600.40.3460.30.3+14
Seventh Day Adventist390.30.2170.10.2+22
Other Protestant350.30.2270.20.2+8
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)310.20.2490.40.2-18
Greek Orthodox280.20.5270.20.5+1
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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
Benalla Rural City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total8,87365.062.79,02766.764.9-154
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1931.42.01311.01.5+62
Non-classifiable religious belief
1120.80.8830.60.7+29
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,34824.525.42,94721.821.5+401
Not stated
1,1178.29.01,3379.911.4-220

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% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 1.9% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.4% Lutheran, Regional VIC: 1.3% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.8% Salvation Army, Regional VIC: 0.4% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Benalla Rural City: 24.1% Anglican, Benalla Rural City: 17.9% Uniting Church, Benalla Rural City: 9.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Benalla Rural City: 5.8% Christian,nfd, Benalla Rural City: 1.9% Baptist, Benalla Rural City: 1.4% Lutheran, Benalla Rural City: 0.9% Pentecostal, Benalla Rural City: 0.9% Salvation Army, Benalla Rural City: 0.8% Buddhism, Benalla Rural City: 0.6%
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, Benalla Rural City: +203 Anglican, Benalla Rural City: -246 Uniting Church, Benalla Rural City: -106 Presbyterian and Reformed, Benalla Rural City: -104 Christian,nfd, Benalla Rural City: +60 Baptist, Benalla Rural City: +26 Lutheran, Benalla Rural City: -9 Pentecostal, Benalla Rural City: -20 Salvation Army, Benalla Rural City: +24 Buddhism, Benalla Rural City: +39
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 Benalla Rural City in 2011 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, 66.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.5% said they had no religion, compared with 64.7% and 25.4% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in Benalla Rural City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.1% of the population or 3,288 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 Presbyterian and Reformed (5.8% compared to 4.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (17.9% compared to 16.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (9.7% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (24.1% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-246 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+203 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-106 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-104 persons)
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