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In Glen Iris, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,068) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Glen Iris'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.

Glen Iris'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
Glen Iris - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic3,76724.824.93,72225.525.6+45
Anglican2,32015.313.12,46116.815.0-140
Uniting Church8505.64.91,0487.26.2-198
Greek Orthodox7114.74.46874.74.4+24
Presbyterian and Reformed3592.42.23692.52.4-10
Judaism3402.21.23292.31.3+11
Buddhism3372.23.32311.62.9+106
Baptist2771.81.72401.61.7+37
Christian,nfd2451.61.61851.31.4+60
Hinduism1541.02.11120.81.6+42
Islam880.60.9670.50.7+20
Lutheran850.60.6940.60.7-9
Churches of Christ390.30.2400.30.20
Pentecostal330.20.5480.30.4-15
Other Christian230.20.1250.20.1-1
Other Protestant200.10.2370.20.3-17
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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
Glen Iris - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Christian total8,86858.355.59,09262.259.6-224
Non Christian total9646.38.27865.47.1+178
Non-classifiable religious belief1350.90.91250.90.8+10
No religion4,27228.128.03,20521.922.3+1,068
Not stated9726.47.41,4039.610.2-431

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Boroondara: 4.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Boroondara: 2.2% Judaism, City of Boroondara: 1.2% Buddhism, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Baptist, City of Boroondara: 1.7% Christian,nfd, City of Boroondara: 1.6% Hinduism, City of Boroondara: 2.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Glen Iris: 24.8% Anglican, Glen Iris: 15.3% Uniting Church, Glen Iris: 5.6% Greek Orthodox, Glen Iris: 4.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Glen Iris: 2.4% Judaism, Glen Iris: 2.2% Buddhism, Glen Iris: 2.2% Baptist, Glen Iris: 1.8% Christian,nfd, Glen Iris: 1.6% Hinduism, Glen Iris: 1.0%
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, Glen Iris: +45 Anglican, Glen Iris: -140 Uniting Church, Glen Iris: -198 Greek Orthodox, Glen Iris: +24 Presbyterian and Reformed, Glen Iris: -10 Judaism, Glen Iris: +11 Buddhism, Glen Iris: +106 Baptist, Glen Iris: +37 Christian,nfd, Glen Iris: +60 Hinduism, Glen Iris: +42
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 Glen Iris 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, 64.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.1% said they had no religion, compared with 63.7% and 28.0% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The largest single religion in Glen Iris was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.8% of the population or 3,767 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (15.3% compared to 13.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Judaism (2.2% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.2% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (1.0% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Uniting Church (-198 persons)
  • Anglican (-140 persons)
  • Buddhism (+106 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+60 persons)