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In the City of Casey, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+19,922) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
City of Casey - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic70,67328.027.161,36328.528.2+9,310
Anglican28,96911.510.827,25312.712.2+1,716
Islam13,8605.53.67,4733.52.8+6,387
Buddhism9,8573.94.06,4133.03.5+3,444
Uniting Church7,9203.13.47,2613.44.0+659
Christian,nfd7,2262.91.94,1471.91.4+3,079
Hinduism7,0402.82.03,0191.41.1+4,021
Presbyterian and Reformed6,6262.62.15,8672.72.3+759
Pentecostal5,0812.00.94,0441.90.8+1,037
Greek Orthodox4,6011.84.03,9241.84.3+677
Baptist4,2021.71.53,4921.61.4+710
Sikhism2,4691.00.78290.40.2+1,640
Serbian Orthodox1,6940.70.31,5020.70.3+192
Other Eastern Orthodox1,6160.60.51,3180.60.6+298
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1,3400.50.21,1070.50.2+233
Lutheran1,2130.50.61,1820.50.7+31
Seventh Day Adventist1,1490.50.29080.40.2+241
Other Protestant9260.40.37320.30.3+194
Coptic Orthodox8700.30.24670.20.1+403
Jehova's Witnesses8470.30.37740.40.3+73
Churches of Christ6980.30.28360.40.3-138
Salvation Army5660.20.26090.30.2-43
Russian Orthodox5050.20.14560.20.1+49
Other Non-Christian Religions3700.10.12830.10.1+87
Other Christian3510.10.12200.10.1+131
Macedonian Orthodox2710.10.52500.10.6+21
Other Oriental Orthodox2680.10.1700.00.0+198
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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
City of Casey - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total148,23258.755.8128,31059.759.0+19,922
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total34,51613.711.818,6518.79.1+15,865
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,8150.70.91,3740.60.8+441
map this data in atlas.idNo religion49,89919.823.543,30520.120.0+6,594
Not stated
17,9177.18.123,31210.811.1-5,395

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, Greater Melbourne: 27.1% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 10.8% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Casey: 28.0% Anglican, City of Casey: 11.5% Islam, City of Casey: 5.5% Buddhism, City of Casey: 3.9% Uniting Church, City of Casey: 3.1% Christian,nfd, City of Casey: 2.9% Hinduism, City of Casey: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Casey: 2.6% Pentecostal, City of Casey: 2.0% Greek Orthodox, City of Casey: 1.8%
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, City of Casey: +9,310 Anglican, City of Casey: +1,716 Islam, City of Casey: +6,387 Buddhism, City of Casey: +3,444 Uniting Church, City of Casey: +659 Christian,nfd, City of Casey: +3,079 Hinduism, City of Casey: +4,021 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Casey: +759 Pentecostal, City of Casey: +1,037 Greek Orthodox, City of Casey: +677
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 the City of Casey in 2011 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, 72.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 19.8% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Casey was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 28.0% of the population or 70,673 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 (5.5% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Pentecostal (2.0% compared to 0.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Christian,nfd (2.9% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.8% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+9,310 persons)
  • Islam (+6,387 persons)
  • Hinduism (+4,021 persons)
  • Buddhism (+3,444 persons)