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In Cairnlea, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,138) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Cairnlea'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.

Cairnlea'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
Cairnlea - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic2,88532.735.92,20035.339.9+686
Buddhism2,01822.811.81,30621.010.8+713
Islam7168.15.64787.75.0+238
Macedonian Orthodox2462.82.01812.92.4+66
Greek Orthodox2322.64.91622.65.4+70
Hinduism1892.12.2751.21.0+115
Anglican1421.64.51412.35.3+2
Other Eastern Orthodox1411.61.61161.91.8+26
Christian,nfd1171.31.5731.21.1+45
Sikhism1161.32.0360.60.6+80
Uniting Church851.01.5530.91.7+32
Baptist780.91.2560.90.9+23
Pentecostal770.91.0480.80.7+30
Presbyterian and Reformed490.61.1410.71.2+9
Serbian Orthodox490.60.6280.40.7+21
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)430.50.2240.40.2+19
Seventh Day Adventist360.40.2120.20.2+24
Jehova's Witnesses340.40.4100.20.4+24
Other Protestant300.30.4340.50.5-4
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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
Cairnlea - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total4,32849.058.73,25552.364.3+1,074
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,05834.621.91,92130.817.7+1,138
Non-classifiable religious belief
200.20.5130.20.4+7
map this data in atlas.idNo religion90010.211.05348.69.3+366
Not stated
5276.07.95058.18.4+22

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 Brimbank: 35.9% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.6% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.6% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Cairnlea: 32.7% Buddhism, Cairnlea: 22.8% Islam, Cairnlea: 8.1% Macedonian Orthodox, Cairnlea: 2.8% Greek Orthodox, Cairnlea: 2.6% Hinduism, Cairnlea: 2.1% Anglican, Cairnlea: 1.6% Other Eastern Orthodox, Cairnlea: 1.6% Christian,nfd, Cairnlea: 1.3% Sikhism, Cairnlea: 1.3%
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, Cairnlea: +686 Buddhism, Cairnlea: +713 Islam, Cairnlea: +238 Macedonian Orthodox, Cairnlea: +66 Greek Orthodox, Cairnlea: +70 Hinduism, Cairnlea: +115 Anglican, Cairnlea: +2 Other Eastern Orthodox, Cairnlea: +26 Christian,nfd, Cairnlea: +45 Sikhism, Cairnlea: +80
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 Cairnlea in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 83.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 10.2% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Cairnlea was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.7% of the population or 2,885 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Cairnlea and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (22.8% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (8.1% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (32.7% compared to 35.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (1.6% compared to 4.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Buddhism (+713 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+686 persons)
  • Islam (+238 persons)
  • Hinduism (+115 persons)