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In Canterbury, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+584) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Canterbury - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic1,75022.524.91,83723.325.6-87
Anglican1,33717.213.11,51419.215.0-177
Uniting Church4866.34.96268.06.2-140
Presbyterian and Reformed2503.22.23134.02.4-64
Buddhism1942.53.31301.62.9+64
Baptist1902.41.71912.41.7-1
Greek Orthodox1882.44.41922.44.4-4
Christian,nfd1381.81.61211.51.4+17
Hinduism1151.52.1490.61.6+67
Judaism540.71.2510.61.3+3
Lutheran390.50.6440.60.7-5
Islam390.50.9260.30.7+12
Pentecostal310.40.5230.30.4+8
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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
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Christian total4,51058.155.54,97763.259.6-467
Non Christian total4175.48.22823.67.1+135
Non-classifiable religious belief470.60.9440.60.8+3
No religion2,25329.028.01,66921.222.3+584
Not stated5366.97.490011.410.2-364

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% Uniting Church, City of Boroondara: 4.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Boroondara: 2.2% Buddhism, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Baptist, City of Boroondara: 1.7% Greek Orthodox, City of Boroondara: 4.4% Christian,nfd, City of Boroondara: 1.6% Hinduism, City of Boroondara: 2.1% Judaism, City of Boroondara: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Canterbury: 22.5% Anglican, Canterbury: 17.2% Uniting Church, Canterbury: 6.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Canterbury: 3.2% Buddhism, Canterbury: 2.5% Baptist, Canterbury: 2.4% Greek Orthodox, Canterbury: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Canterbury: 1.8% Hinduism, Canterbury: 1.5% Judaism, Canterbury: 0.7%
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, Canterbury: -87 Anglican, Canterbury: -177 Uniting Church, Canterbury: -140 Presbyterian and Reformed, Canterbury: -64 Buddhism, Canterbury: +64 Baptist, Canterbury: -1 Greek Orthodox, Canterbury: -4 Christian,nfd, Canterbury: +17 Hinduism, Canterbury: +67 Judaism, Canterbury: +3
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 Canterbury in 2011 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, 63.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.0% said they had no religion, compared with 63.7% and 28.0% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The largest single religion in Canterbury was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.5% of the population or 1,750 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 (17.2% compared to 13.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.3% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.5% compared to 24.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (2.4% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-177 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-140 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-87 persons)
  • Hinduism (+67 persons)