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In Canterbury, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+737) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Canterbury'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.

Canterbury'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
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic1,58920.121.61,74822.524.9-159
Anglican1,04113.19.71,33617.213.1-295
Uniting Church3794.83.44856.34.9-107
Buddhism2162.73.21932.53.3+23
Greek Orthodox1872.44.01882.44.4-1
Baptist1712.21.51892.41.7-18
Presbyterian and Reformed1662.11.62493.22.2-83
Christian,nfd1391.81.71381.81.6+1
Hinduism1181.52.41151.52.1+3
Judaism540.70.9530.71.2+1
Islam370.51.1380.50.9-1
Pentecostal290.40.6300.40.5-1
Other Protestant230.30.460.10.2+17
Lutheran200.30.4390.50.6-18
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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
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Christian total3,80048.045.94,50658.155.5-706
Non Christian total4595.88.24165.48.2+43
Non-classifiable religious belief320.40.6470.60.9-15
No religion2,98837.737.12,25129.028.0+737
Not stated5897.48.35356.97.4+54

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, City of Boroondara: 21.6% Anglican, City of Boroondara: 9.7% Uniting Church, City of Boroondara: 3.4% Buddhism, City of Boroondara: 3.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Boroondara: 4.0% Baptist, City of Boroondara: 1.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Boroondara: 1.6% Christian,nfd, City of Boroondara: 1.7% Hinduism, City of Boroondara: 2.4% Judaism, City of Boroondara: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Canterbury: 20.1% Anglican, Canterbury: 13.1% Uniting Church, Canterbury: 4.8% Buddhism, Canterbury: 2.7% Greek Orthodox, Canterbury: 2.4% Baptist, Canterbury: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Canterbury: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Canterbury: 1.8% Hinduism, Canterbury: 1.5% Judaism, Canterbury: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Canterbury: -159 Anglican, Canterbury: -295 Uniting Church, Canterbury: -107 Buddhism, Canterbury: +23 Greek Orthodox, Canterbury: -1 Baptist, Canterbury: -18 Presbyterian and Reformed, Canterbury: -83 Christian,nfd, Canterbury: +1 Hinduism, Canterbury: +3 Judaism, Canterbury: +1
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 Canterbury in 2016 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 53.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 37.7% said they had no religion, compared with 54.1% and 37.1% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The largest single religion in Canterbury was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 20.1% of the population or 1,589 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (13.1% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (4.8% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (2.4% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (20.1% compared to 21.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-295 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-159 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-107 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-83 persons)
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