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In the City of Casey, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+23,450) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2016.

The City of Casey'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.

The City of Casey'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
City of Casey - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic70,92823.723.270,67328.027.1+255
Anglican23,7177.97.628,96911.510.8-5,252
Islam22,2027.44.213,8605.53.6+8,342
Buddhism13,6424.63.89,8573.94.0+3,785
Hinduism12,5154.22.97,0402.82.0+5,475
Christian,nfd11,0423.72.67,2262.91.9+3,816
Uniting Church6,4372.22.37,9203.13.4-1,483
Sikhism6,3602.11.12,4691.00.7+3,891
Pentecostal5,8432.00.95,0812.00.9+762
Presbyterian and Reformed5,7191.91.66,6262.62.1-907
Greek Orthodox4,9261.63.54,6011.84.0+325
Baptist4,1231.41.34,2021.71.5-79
Serbian Orthodox1,7910.60.21,6940.70.3+97
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1,6040.50.21,3400.50.2+264
Other Protestant1,5240.50.49260.40.3+598
Seventh Day Adventist1,3240.40.21,1490.50.2+175
Coptic Orthodox1,0330.30.28700.30.2+163
Jehova's Witnesses8250.30.28470.30.3-22
Lutheran7360.20.31,2130.50.6-477
Other Eastern Catholic5720.20.21220.00.1+450
Other Oriental Orthodox5360.20.12680.10.1+268
Russian Orthodox5030.20.15050.20.1-2
Churches of Christ5010.20.26980.30.2-197
Other Non-Christian Religions4770.20.13700.10.1+107
Salvation Army4360.10.15660.20.2-130
Other Eastern Orthodox3930.10.11,6160.60.5-1,223
Armenian Apostolic2580.10.02110.10.0+47
Macedonian Orthodox2340.10.42710.10.5-37
Other Christian2320.10.13510.10.1-119
Judaism2210.10.92140.11.1+7
Baha'i1940.10.11500.10.1+44
Brethren1660.10.01860.10.1-20
Paganism1380.00.01620.10.1-24
Spiritualism980.00.01440.10.1-46
Wiccan/Witchcraft790.00.01140.00.0-35
Maronite Catholic610.00.1570.00.1+4
Chinese and Japanese Religions510.00.0330.00.0+18
Other Nature Religions420.00.0840.00.0-42
Christadelphian290.00.0370.00.0-8
Assyrian Apostolic160.00.170.00.0+9
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions130.00.0190.00.0-6
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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
City of Casey - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total145,50948.646.3148,23258.755.8-2,723
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total56,03218.713.234,51613.711.8+21,516
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,6100.50.61,8150.70.9-205
map this data in atlas.idNo religion73,34924.531.349,89919.823.5+23,450
Not stated
22,7977.68.617,9177.18.1+4,880

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, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 4.2% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Sikhism, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Casey: 23.7% Anglican, City of Casey: 7.9% Islam, City of Casey: 7.4% Buddhism, City of Casey: 4.6% Hinduism, City of Casey: 4.2% Christian,nfd, City of Casey: 3.7% Uniting Church, City of Casey: 2.2% Sikhism, City of Casey: 2.1% Pentecostal, City of Casey: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Casey: 1.9%
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, City of Casey: +255 Anglican, City of Casey: -5,252 Islam, City of Casey: +8,342 Buddhism, City of Casey: +3,785 Hinduism, City of Casey: +5,475 Christian,nfd, City of Casey: +3,816 Uniting Church, City of Casey: -1,483 Sikhism, City of Casey: +3,891 Pentecostal, City of Casey: +762 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Casey: -907
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 the City of Casey in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 67.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.5% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Casey was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.7% of the population or 70,928 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Casey and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (7.4% compared to 4.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (4.2% compared to 2.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Christian,nfd (3.7% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.6% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+8,342 persons)
  • Hinduism (+5,475 persons)
  • Anglican (-5,252 persons)
  • Sikhism (+3,891 persons)
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