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In Grasslands Ward, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+3,940) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

Grasslands Ward'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.

Grasslands Ward'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
Grasslands Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic17,06332.735.916,37936.339.9+684
Buddhism7,65014.711.86,16013.710.8+1,490
Islam3,6987.15.62,8036.25.0+895
Anglican1,9273.74.52,0254.55.3-98
Greek Orthodox1,8553.64.91,8174.05.4+38
Macedonian Orthodox1,2682.42.01,3002.92.4-32
Hinduism1,0342.02.23380.71.0+696
Other Eastern Orthodox9981.91.61,0672.41.8-69
Sikhism9841.92.01580.40.6+826
Christian,nfd8561.61.55041.11.1+352
Uniting Church6541.31.55981.31.7+56
Pentecostal5791.11.03520.80.7+227
Serbian Orthodox5421.00.66051.30.7-63
Baptist4981.01.23930.90.9+105
Presbyterian and Reformed4870.91.15031.11.2-16
Other Protestant2690.50.42480.50.5+21
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2390.50.21110.20.2+128
Lutheran2000.40.42490.60.5-49
Jehova's Witnesses2000.40.42010.40.4-1
Seventh Day Adventist1390.30.2950.20.2+44
Coptic Orthodox1270.20.42030.40.4-76
Other Oriental Orthodox1130.20.2690.20.1+44
Russian Orthodox720.10.1480.10.1+24
Other Christian670.10.1360.10.1+31
Other Non-Christian Religions590.10.1450.10.1+14
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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
Grasslands Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total28,28454.258.726,97059.864.3+1,314
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total13,53125.921.99,59121.317.7+3,940
Non-classifiable religious belief
2550.50.51680.40.4+87
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,53510.611.04,0549.09.3+1,481
Not stated
4,6068.87.94,3379.68.4+269

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% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.6% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Grasslands Ward: 32.7% Buddhism, Grasslands Ward: 14.7% Islam, Grasslands Ward: 7.1% Anglican, Grasslands Ward: 3.7% Greek Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: 3.6% Macedonian Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: 2.4% Hinduism, Grasslands Ward: 2.0% Other Eastern Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: 1.9% Sikhism, Grasslands Ward: 1.9% Christian,nfd, Grasslands Ward: 1.6%
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, Grasslands Ward: +684 Buddhism, Grasslands Ward: +1,490 Islam, Grasslands Ward: +895 Anglican, Grasslands Ward: -98 Greek Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: +38 Macedonian Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: -32 Hinduism, Grasslands Ward: +696 Other Eastern Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: -69 Sikhism, Grasslands Ward: +826 Christian,nfd, Grasslands Ward: +352
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 Grasslands Ward in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 80.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 10.6% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Grasslands Ward was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.7% of the population or 17,063 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (14.7% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (7.1% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (32.7% compared to 35.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.6% compared to 4.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Buddhism (+1,490 persons)
  • Islam (+895 persons)
  • Sikhism (+826 persons)
  • Hinduism (+696 persons)