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In Cranbourne West, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+918) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Cranbourne West'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 West'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 West - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Casey %Number%City of Casey %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic2,06223.628.01,75623.728.5+306
Anglican1,06912.211.596012.912.7+109
Hinduism3403.92.8921.21.4+248
Islam3143.65.5921.23.5+222
Uniting Church3133.63.11972.73.4+116
Christian,nfd2963.42.91271.71.9+169
Buddhism2943.43.91672.33.0+127
Presbyterian and Reformed2703.12.61832.52.7+87
Pentecostal1651.92.01441.91.9+21
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1391.60.51151.60.5+24
Sikhism1151.31.0140.20.4+101
Baptist1001.11.7931.31.6+7
Greek Orthodox981.11.8971.31.8+1
Jehova's Witnesses500.60.3320.40.4+18
Other Protestant450.50.4310.40.3+14
Lutheran430.50.5480.60.5-5
Other Christian240.30.160.10.1+18
Salvation Army230.30.2250.30.3-2
Churches of Christ220.30.3110.10.4+11
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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 West - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Casey %Number%City of Casey %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total4,81355.058.73,89552.559.7+918
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,09412.513.74005.48.7+694
Non-classifiable religious belief
941.10.7801.10.6+14
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,99722.819.82,02627.320.1-29
Not stated
7468.57.11,01413.710.8-268

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% Hinduism, City of Casey: 2.8% Islam, City of Casey: 5.5% Uniting Church, City of Casey: 3.1% Christian,nfd, City of Casey: 2.9% Buddhism, City of Casey: 3.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Casey: 2.6% Pentecostal, City of Casey: 2.0% Latter Day Saints (Mormons), City of Casey: 0.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Cranbourne West: 23.6% Anglican, Cranbourne West: 12.2% Hinduism, Cranbourne West: 3.9% Islam, Cranbourne West: 3.6% Uniting Church, Cranbourne West: 3.6% Christian,nfd, Cranbourne West: 3.4% Buddhism, Cranbourne West: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Cranbourne West: 3.1% Pentecostal, Cranbourne West: 1.9% Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Cranbourne West: 1.6%
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 West: +306 Anglican, Cranbourne West: +109 Hinduism, Cranbourne West: +248 Islam, Cranbourne West: +222 Uniting Church, Cranbourne West: +116 Christian,nfd, Cranbourne West: +169 Buddhism, Cranbourne West: +127 Presbyterian and Reformed, Cranbourne West: +87 Pentecostal, Cranbourne West: +21 Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Cranbourne West: +24
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 West 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, 67.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.8% said they had no religion, compared with 72.4% and 19.8% respectively for the City of Casey.

The largest single religion in Cranbourne West was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.6% of the population or 2,062 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (3.9% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Latter Day Saints (Mormons) (1.6% compared to 0.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.6% compared to 28.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (3.6% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+306 persons)
  • Hinduism (+248 persons)
  • Islam (+222 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+169 persons)