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In Horseshoe Bend Ward, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-1,691) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Horseshoe Bend 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.

Horseshoe Bend 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
Horseshoe Bend Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic11,71737.335.912,82341.439.9-1,106
Buddhism4,38214.011.83,78512.210.8+597
Anglican1,5304.94.51,6975.55.3-168
Greek Orthodox1,4424.64.91,5335.05.4-91
Islam1,1563.75.61,2824.15.0-126
Sikhism7282.32.01270.40.6+601
Hinduism5541.82.22150.71.0+339
Uniting Church5121.61.56062.01.7-94
Christian,nfd4101.31.53501.11.1+60
Macedonian Orthodox3651.22.04691.52.4-104
Other Eastern Orthodox3551.11.64721.51.8-117
Presbyterian and Reformed3441.11.13431.11.2+1
Baptist2880.91.23161.00.9-28
Pentecostal2500.81.01540.50.7+96
Lutheran1720.50.42520.80.5-79
Serbian Orthodox1520.50.62160.70.7-64
Jehova's Witnesses1270.40.41030.30.4+24
Other Protestant1200.40.41580.50.5-38
Coptic Orthodox890.30.4790.30.4+10
Seventh Day Adventist610.20.2490.20.2+12
Other Oriental Orthodox600.20.2350.10.1+25
Russian Orthodox580.20.1500.20.1+9
Other Eastern Catholic420.10.1330.10.2+9
Other Non-Christian Religions390.10.1320.10.1+7
Churches of Christ360.10.1400.10.1-4
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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
Horseshoe Bend Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total18,22758.058.719,91864.464.3-1,691
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6,90222.021.95,49717.817.7+1,405
Non-classifiable religious belief
1530.50.51170.40.4+37
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,48511.111.02,9189.49.3+567
Not stated
2,6348.47.92,4888.08.4+146

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% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.6% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Uniting Church, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 37.3% Buddhism, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 14.0% Anglican, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 4.9% Greek Orthodox, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 4.6% Islam, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 3.7% Sikhism, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 2.3% Hinduism, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 1.8% Uniting Church, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 1.6% Christian,nfd, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 1.3% Macedonian Orthodox, Horseshoe Bend Ward: 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, Horseshoe Bend Ward: -1,106 Buddhism, Horseshoe Bend Ward: +597 Anglican, Horseshoe Bend Ward: -168 Greek Orthodox, Horseshoe Bend Ward: -91 Islam, Horseshoe Bend Ward: -126 Sikhism, Horseshoe Bend Ward: +601 Hinduism, Horseshoe Bend Ward: +339 Uniting Church, Horseshoe Bend Ward: -94 Christian,nfd, Horseshoe Bend Ward: +60 Macedonian Orthodox, Horseshoe Bend Ward: -104
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 Horseshoe Bend 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, 80.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 11.1% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Horseshoe Bend Ward was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 37.3% of the population or 11,717 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (14.0% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (37.3% compared to 35.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (3.7% compared to 5.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,106 persons)
  • Sikhism (+601 persons)
  • Buddhism (+597 persons)
  • Hinduism (+339 persons)