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In St Albans (East), the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-1,455) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

St Albans (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.

St Albans (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
St Albans (East) - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic7,34834.235.98,38540.439.9-1,037
Buddhism4,06018.911.83,52517.010.8+535
Islam9904.65.61,0875.25.0-97
Greek Orthodox8393.94.99414.55.4-102
Sikhism7043.32.01090.50.6+595
Anglican5722.74.56543.15.3-82
Hinduism5002.32.21660.81.0+334
Christian,nfd2851.31.52281.11.1+57
Other Eastern Orthodox2631.21.63681.81.8-105
Macedonian Orthodox2501.22.03411.62.4-91
Baptist2051.01.22261.10.9-21
Pentecostal1820.81.01030.50.7+79
Presbyterian and Reformed1600.71.11580.81.2+2
Uniting Church1570.71.51780.91.7-21
Serbian Orthodox1140.50.61650.80.7-51
Lutheran1090.50.41880.90.5-79
Other Protestant1040.50.41310.60.5-27
Jehova's Witnesses1010.50.4760.40.4+25
Coptic Orthodox560.30.4570.30.4-1
Seventh Day Adventist460.20.2420.20.2+4
Other Oriental Orthodox420.20.2260.10.1+16
Other Non-Christian Religions390.20.1290.10.1+10
Russian Orthodox360.20.1330.20.1+3
Other Christian240.10.1100.00.1+14
Other Eastern Catholic220.10.1200.10.2+2
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)220.10.2400.20.2-18
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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
St Albans (East) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total10,96651.158.712,42159.864.3-1,455
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6,32429.521.94,94323.817.7+1,381
Non-classifiable religious belief
850.40.5800.40.4+5
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,1139.811.01,7828.69.3+331
Not stated
1,9679.27.91,5377.48.4+430

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.6% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, St Albans (East): 34.2% Buddhism, St Albans (East): 18.9% Islam, St Albans (East): 4.6% Greek Orthodox, St Albans (East): 3.9% Sikhism, St Albans (East): 3.3% Anglican, St Albans (East): 2.7% Hinduism, St Albans (East): 2.3% Christian,nfd, St Albans (East): 1.3% Other Eastern Orthodox, St Albans (East): 1.2% Macedonian Orthodox, St Albans (East): 1.2%
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, St Albans (East): -1,037 Buddhism, St Albans (East): +535 Islam, St Albans (East): -97 Greek Orthodox, St Albans (East): -102 Sikhism, St Albans (East): +595 Anglican, St Albans (East): -82 Hinduism, St Albans (East): +334 Christian,nfd, St Albans (East): +57 Other Eastern Orthodox, St Albans (East): -105 Macedonian Orthodox, St Albans (East): -91
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 St Albans (East) in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 80.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 9.8% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in St Albans (East) was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 34.2% of the population or 7,348 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of St Albans (East) and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (18.9% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Sikhism (3.3% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (2.7% compared to 4.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (34.2% compared to 35.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,037 persons)
  • Sikhism (+595 persons)
  • Buddhism (+535 persons)
  • Hinduism (+334 persons)