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In Harvester Ward, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+3,729) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

Harvester 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.

Harvester 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
Harvester Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic15,77132.035.915,58537.139.9+186
Buddhism7,00114.211.85,67813.510.8+1,323
Islam2,6455.45.61,7654.25.0+880
Greek Orthodox2,4084.94.92,4265.85.4-18
Anglican2,1414.34.52,2575.45.3-116
Hinduism1,3822.82.25371.31.0+845
Sikhism9311.92.02660.60.6+665
Baptist9091.81.23810.90.9+528
Christian,nfd7261.51.55381.31.1+188
Uniting Church6791.41.57161.71.7-37
Pentecostal5881.21.02890.70.7+299
Presbyterian and Reformed5681.21.17031.71.2-135
Other Eastern Orthodox5211.11.64891.21.8+32
Macedonian Orthodox5171.02.05931.42.4-76
Other Protestant2450.50.42530.60.5-8
Jehova's Witnesses2330.50.41800.40.4+53
Serbian Orthodox1780.40.61610.40.7+17
Other Oriental Orthodox1540.30.2810.20.1+73
Lutheran1530.30.41750.40.5-22
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1450.30.2830.20.2+62
Other Eastern Catholic940.20.11230.30.2-29
Other Christian660.10.1220.10.1+44
Seventh Day Adventist650.10.2420.10.2+23
Coptic Orthodox590.10.4490.10.4+10
Churches of Christ540.10.1530.10.1+1
Russian Orthodox540.10.1540.10.10
Salvation Army510.10.1740.20.1-23
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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
Harvester Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total26,39653.558.725,33360.364.3+1,063
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total12,09824.521.98,36919.917.7+3,729
Non-classifiable religious belief
3180.60.52240.50.4+94
map this data in atlas.idNo religion6,30312.811.04,39510.59.3+1,908
Not stated
4,2268.67.93,6628.78.4+564

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% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.2% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Uniting Church, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Harvester Ward: 32.0% Buddhism, Harvester Ward: 14.2% Islam, Harvester Ward: 5.4% Greek Orthodox, Harvester Ward: 4.9% Anglican, Harvester Ward: 4.3% Hinduism, Harvester Ward: 2.8% Sikhism, Harvester Ward: 1.9% Baptist, Harvester Ward: 1.8% Christian,nfd, Harvester Ward: 1.5% Uniting Church, Harvester Ward: 1.4%
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, Harvester Ward: +186 Buddhism, Harvester Ward: +1,323 Islam, Harvester Ward: +880 Greek Orthodox, Harvester Ward: -18 Anglican, Harvester Ward: -116 Hinduism, Harvester Ward: +845 Sikhism, Harvester Ward: +665 Baptist, Harvester Ward: +528 Christian,nfd, Harvester Ward: +188 Uniting Church, Harvester Ward: -37
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 Harvester Ward in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 78.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 12.8% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Harvester Ward was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.0% of the population or 15,771 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (14.2% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (32.0% compared to 35.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Buddhism (+1,323 persons)
  • Islam (+880 persons)
  • Hinduism (+845 persons)
  • Sikhism (+665 persons)