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In Cranbourne, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+2,141) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Cranbourne'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.

Cranbourne'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
Cranbourne - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Casey %Number%City of Casey %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic4,78225.728.03,57924.228.5+1,203
Anglican2,61414.011.52,44816.612.7+166
Presbyterian and Reformed6723.62.66394.32.7+33
Uniting Church6013.23.15343.63.4+67
Islam5012.75.5990.73.5+402
Christian,nfd4552.42.91751.21.9+280
Buddhism4282.33.91110.83.0+317
Hinduism4042.22.8730.51.4+331
Pentecostal2921.62.01831.21.9+109
Greek Orthodox2311.21.81891.31.8+42
Baptist2231.21.71801.21.6+43
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1310.70.5500.30.5+81
Sikhism1000.51.080.10.4+92
Lutheran870.50.51000.70.5-13
Salvation Army790.40.2550.40.3+24
Seventh Day Adventist690.40.5220.10.4+47
Other Protestant550.30.4390.30.3+16
Other Eastern Orthodox500.30.6370.30.6+13
Jehova's Witnesses450.20.3480.30.4-3
Serbian Orthodox370.20.7410.30.7-4
Other Christian330.20.1120.10.1+21
Coptic Orthodox310.20.3100.10.2+21
Russian Orthodox300.20.2270.20.2+3
Other Non-Christian Religions290.20.1170.10.1+12
Paganism230.10.1160.10.1+7
Macedonian Orthodox220.10.1100.10.1+12
Churches of Christ220.10.3390.30.4-17
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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
Cranbourne - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Casey %Number%City of Casey %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total10,57556.858.78,43457.159.7+2,141
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,5308.213.73722.58.7+1,158
Non-classifiable religious belief
2331.30.71260.90.6+107
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,53324.419.83,87726.320.1+656
Not stated
1,7449.47.11,95113.210.8-207

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 Casey: 28.0% Anglican, City of Casey: 11.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Casey: 2.6% Uniting Church, City of Casey: 3.1% Islam, City of Casey: 5.5% Christian,nfd, City of Casey: 2.9% Buddhism, City of Casey: 3.9% Hinduism, City of Casey: 2.8% Pentecostal, City of Casey: 2.0% Greek Orthodox, City of Casey: 1.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Cranbourne: 25.7% Anglican, Cranbourne: 14.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Cranbourne: 3.6% Uniting Church, Cranbourne: 3.2% Islam, Cranbourne: 2.7% Christian,nfd, Cranbourne: 2.4% Buddhism, Cranbourne: 2.3% Hinduism, Cranbourne: 2.2% Pentecostal, Cranbourne: 1.6% Greek Orthodox, Cranbourne: 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, Cranbourne: +1,203 Anglican, Cranbourne: +166 Presbyterian and Reformed, Cranbourne: +33 Uniting Church, Cranbourne: +67 Islam, Cranbourne: +402 Christian,nfd, Cranbourne: +280 Buddhism, Cranbourne: +317 Hinduism, Cranbourne: +331 Pentecostal, Cranbourne: +109 Greek Orthodox, Cranbourne: +42
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 Cranbourne in 2011 compared to the City of Casey shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 65.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.4% said they had no religion, compared with 72.4% and 19.8% respectively for the City of Casey.

The largest single religion in Cranbourne was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.7% of the population or 4,782 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (14.0% compared to 11.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (2.7% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (25.7% compared to 28.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.3% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,203 persons)
  • Islam (+402 persons)
  • Hinduism (+331 persons)
  • Buddhism (+317 persons)