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In Balwyn North, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+922) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Balwyn North'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 North'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 North - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic4,97524.924.95,27126.625.6-296
Anglican2,06910.413.12,42612.215.0-357
Greek Orthodox1,8289.24.41,6628.44.4+165
Buddhism1,0645.33.39514.82.9+112
Uniting Church9564.84.91,1445.86.2-188
Hinduism4632.32.13431.71.6+120
Baptist3902.01.74542.31.7-64
Presbyterian and Reformed3891.92.23771.92.4+11
Christian,nfd3831.91.62431.21.4+140
Islam2171.10.91310.70.7+86
Pentecostal1560.80.51360.70.4+20
Judaism1370.71.21830.91.3-46
Lutheran1150.60.6940.50.7+21
Sikhism730.40.2710.40.2+2
Macedonian Orthodox670.30.1750.40.1-8
Other Protestant660.30.2940.50.3-28
Other Eastern Orthodox640.30.2640.30.20
Coptic Orthodox490.20.1220.10.0+27
Baha'i480.20.1370.20.1+11
Serbian Orthodox420.20.1530.30.1-11
Other Non-Christian Religions360.20.2180.10.1+18
Seventh Day Adventist330.20.1160.10.1+17
Maronite Catholic290.10.0130.10.0+16
Churches of Christ280.10.2530.30.2-25
Chinese and Japanese Religions210.10.150.00.0+16
Other Christian210.10.1100.10.1+11
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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 North - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Christian total11,73458.855.512,34262.359.6-608
Non Christian total2,07210.48.21,7498.87.1+323
Non-classifiable religious belief1370.70.91190.60.8+18
No religion4,86024.428.03,93819.922.3+922
Not stated1,1475.87.41,6728.410.2-525

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Boroondara: 4.4% Buddhism, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Uniting Church, City of Boroondara: 4.9% Hinduism, City of Boroondara: 2.1% Baptist, City of Boroondara: 1.7% 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 North: 24.9% Anglican, Balwyn North: 10.4% Greek Orthodox, Balwyn North: 9.2% Buddhism, Balwyn North: 5.3% Uniting Church, Balwyn North: 4.8% Hinduism, Balwyn North: 2.3% Baptist, Balwyn North: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Balwyn North: 1.9% Christian,nfd, Balwyn North: 1.9% Islam, Balwyn North: 1.1%
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 North: -296 Anglican, Balwyn North: -357 Greek Orthodox, Balwyn North: +165 Buddhism, Balwyn North: +112 Uniting Church, Balwyn North: -188 Hinduism, Balwyn North: +120 Baptist, Balwyn North: -64 Presbyterian and Reformed, Balwyn North: +11 Christian,nfd, Balwyn North: +140 Islam, Balwyn North: +86
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 North in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 69.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.4% said they had no religion, compared with 63.7% and 28.0% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The largest single religion in Balwyn North was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.9% of the population or 4,975 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (9.2% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (5.3% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.4% compared to 13.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-357 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-296 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-188 persons)
  • Greek Orthodox (+165 persons)