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In Hawthorn East, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+729) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Hawthorn East'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.

Hawthorn East'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
Hawthorn East - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic2,80222.324.92,93123.125.6-129
Anglican1,61012.813.11,86614.715.0-256
Uniting Church5114.14.96665.26.2-155
Hinduism4153.32.13783.01.6+37
Greek Orthodox4143.34.44863.84.4-72
Buddhism3602.93.33332.62.9+27
Judaism3412.71.23763.01.3-35
Presbyterian and Reformed2872.32.22962.32.4-8
Christian,nfd1741.41.61841.41.4-9
Baptist1221.01.71221.01.70
Islam1170.90.91170.90.70
Lutheran830.70.61040.80.7-21
Pentecostal590.50.5390.30.4+20
Other Non-Christian Religions550.40.2140.10.1+40
Jehova's Witnesses350.30.1260.20.1+9
Other Protestant290.20.2150.10.3+14
Sikhism270.20.2240.20.2+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
Hawthorn East - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Christian total6,22249.455.56,85754.059.6-635
Non Christian total1,33910.68.21,27610.17.1+63
Non-classifiable religious belief1361.10.91140.90.8+22
No religion3,69629.428.02,96723.422.3+729
Not stated1,1999.57.41,47511.610.2-276

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% Hinduism, City of Boroondara: 2.1% Greek Orthodox, City of Boroondara: 4.4% Buddhism, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Judaism, City of Boroondara: 1.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Boroondara: 2.2% Christian,nfd, City of Boroondara: 1.6% Baptist, City of Boroondara: 1.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Hawthorn East: 22.3% Anglican, Hawthorn East: 12.8% Uniting Church, Hawthorn East: 4.1% Hinduism, Hawthorn East: 3.3% Greek Orthodox, Hawthorn East: 3.3% Buddhism, Hawthorn East: 2.9% Judaism, Hawthorn East: 2.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Hawthorn East: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Hawthorn East: 1.4% Baptist, Hawthorn East: 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, Hawthorn East: -129 Anglican, Hawthorn East: -256 Uniting Church, Hawthorn East: -155 Hinduism, Hawthorn East: +37 Greek Orthodox, Hawthorn East: -72 Buddhism, Hawthorn East: +27 Judaism, Hawthorn East: -35 Presbyterian and Reformed, Hawthorn East: -8 Christian,nfd, Hawthorn East: -9 Baptist, Hawthorn East: 0
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 Hawthorn East in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.4% said they had no religion, compared with 63.7% and 28.0% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The largest single religion in Hawthorn East was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.3% of the population or 2,802 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Judaism (2.7% compared to 1.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (3.3% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.3% compared to 24.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.3% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-256 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-155 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-129 persons)
  • Greek Orthodox (-72 persons)