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In Grasslands Ward, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,629) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Grasslands Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic15,56327.631.117,06332.735.9-1,500
Buddhism7,57513.510.87,65014.711.8-75
Islam3,8936.95.83,6987.15.6+195
Christian,nfd2,1533.83.58561.61.5+1,297
Sikhism1,7743.22.69841.92.0+790
Greek Orthodox1,7373.14.31,8553.64.9-118
Hinduism1,6703.02.91,0342.02.2+636
Anglican1,3542.43.11,9273.74.5-573
Pentecostal9331.71.45791.11.0+354
Macedonian Orthodox9081.61.51,2682.42.0-360
Baptist9001.61.54981.01.2+402
Uniting Church4810.91.06541.31.5-173
Serbian Orthodox4230.80.55421.00.6-119
Presbyterian and Reformed4130.70.94870.91.1-74
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2980.50.32390.50.2+59
Other Protestant2850.50.52690.50.4+16
Jehova's Witnesses2040.40.42000.40.4+4
Other Oriental Orthodox1920.30.41130.20.2+79
Coptic Orthodox1700.30.41270.20.4+43
Seventh Day Adventist1470.30.21390.30.2+8
Other Eastern Catholic1100.20.2350.10.1+75
Lutheran990.20.22000.40.4-101
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. 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)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total26,52947.151.928,28454.258.7-1,755
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total15,02026.722.313,53125.921.9+1,489
Non-classifiable religious belief
2650.50.52550.50.5+10
map this data in atlas.idNo religion9,16416.316.95,53510.611.0+3,629
Not stated
4,9898.98.44,6068.87.9+383

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2016
Religion, 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Brimbank: 31.1% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 10.8% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.8% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Pentecostal, City of Brimbank: 1.4% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Grasslands Ward: 27.6% Buddhism, Grasslands Ward: 13.5% Islam, Grasslands Ward: 6.9% Christian,nfd, Grasslands Ward: 3.8% Sikhism, Grasslands Ward: 3.2% Greek Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: 3.1% Hinduism, Grasslands Ward: 3.0% Anglican, Grasslands Ward: 2.4% Pentecostal, Grasslands Ward: 1.7% Macedonian Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: 1.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Grasslands Ward: -1,500 Buddhism, Grasslands Ward: -75 Islam, Grasslands Ward: +195 Christian,nfd, Grasslands Ward: +1,297 Sikhism, Grasslands Ward: +790 Greek Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: -118 Hinduism, Grasslands Ward: +636 Anglican, Grasslands Ward: -573 Pentecostal, Grasslands Ward: +354 Macedonian Orthodox, Grasslands Ward: -360
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 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, 73.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 16.3% said they had no religion, compared with 74.2% and 16.9% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Grasslands Ward was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.6% of the population or 15,563 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 (13.5% compared to 10.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (6.9% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (27.6% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.1% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Grasslands Ward between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,500 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,297 persons)
  • Sikhism (+790 persons)
  • Hinduism (+636 persons)
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