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In Balwyn, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-937) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Balwyn'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.

Balwyn'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
Balwyn - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic2,97722.824.93,29325.025.6-316
Anglican1,67312.813.11,97215.015.0-299
Buddhism6845.23.35354.12.9+150
Uniting Church6655.14.99417.16.2-276
Greek Orthodox5534.24.45844.44.4-31
Baptist3522.71.73012.31.7+50
Hinduism2932.22.12061.61.6+86
Presbyterian and Reformed2572.02.23202.42.4-63
Christian,nfd2371.81.62331.81.4+4
Islam1200.90.9830.60.7+37
Pentecostal940.70.5830.60.4+10
Lutheran830.60.6770.60.7+6
Judaism750.61.2850.61.3-10
Other Protestant460.40.2480.40.3-2
Churches of Christ440.30.2480.40.2-4
Sikhism370.30.2240.20.2+14
Other Eastern Orthodox290.20.2390.30.2-11
Other Non-Christian Religions220.20.2140.10.1+8
Salvation Army210.20.1250.20.1-4
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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
Balwyn - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Christian total7,12854.655.58,06561.259.6-937
Non Christian total1,2659.78.29837.57.1+282
Non-classifiable religious belief770.60.9770.60.80
No religion3,71728.528.02,83421.522.3+882
Not stated8706.77.41,2239.310.2-353

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 Boroondara: 24.9% Anglican, City of Boroondara: 13.1% Buddhism, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Uniting Church, City of Boroondara: 4.9% Greek Orthodox, City of Boroondara: 4.4% Baptist, City of Boroondara: 1.7% Hinduism, City of Boroondara: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Boroondara: 2.2% Christian,nfd, City of Boroondara: 1.6% Islam, City of Boroondara: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Balwyn: 22.8% Anglican, Balwyn: 12.8% Buddhism, Balwyn: 5.2% Uniting Church, Balwyn: 5.1% Greek Orthodox, Balwyn: 4.2% Baptist, Balwyn: 2.7% Hinduism, Balwyn: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Balwyn: 2.0% Christian,nfd, Balwyn: 1.8% Islam, Balwyn: 0.9%
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, Balwyn: -316 Anglican, Balwyn: -299 Buddhism, Balwyn: +150 Uniting Church, Balwyn: -276 Greek Orthodox, Balwyn: -31 Baptist, Balwyn: +50 Hinduism, Balwyn: +86 Presbyterian and Reformed, Balwyn: -63 Christian,nfd, Balwyn: +4 Islam, Balwyn: +37
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 Balwyn in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 64.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.5% said they had no religion, compared with 63.7% and 28.0% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The largest single religion in Balwyn was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.8% of the population or 2,977 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (5.2% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.8% compared to 24.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-316 persons)
  • Anglican (-299 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-276 persons)
  • Buddhism (+150 persons)