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Berwick - Beaconsfield

Religion

In Berwick - Beaconsfield, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+14,077) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Berwick - Beaconsfield'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.

Berwick - Beaconsfield'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
Berwick - Beaconsfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Casey %Number%City of Casey %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic12,88128.628.06,21229.028.5+6,669
Anglican6,65914.811.53,72317.412.7+2,936
Uniting Church1,9104.23.11,1645.43.4+747
Christian,nfd1,4553.22.94732.21.9+981
Presbyterian and Reformed1,2992.92.67923.72.7+506
Buddhism1,1982.73.91840.93.0+1,014
Islam9112.05.51180.63.5+793
Baptist8281.81.73641.71.6+465
Pentecostal8051.82.02411.11.9+564
Hinduism7821.72.81110.51.4+671
Greek Orthodox5981.31.82701.31.8+328
Churches of Christ2150.50.31190.60.4+96
Lutheran2130.50.51250.60.5+88
Seventh Day Adventist1480.30.5600.30.4+88
Sikhism1470.31.0100.00.4+137
Jehova's Witnesses1340.30.3630.30.4+71
Other Protestant1250.30.4430.20.3+82
Russian Orthodox1170.30.2380.20.2+78
Other Eastern Orthodox1170.30.6410.20.6+76
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1170.30.5450.20.5+72
Serbian Orthodox1100.20.7540.30.7+56
Coptic Orthodox1020.20.380.00.2+93
Brethren950.20.11170.50.1-22
Salvation Army760.20.2740.30.3+2
Judaism470.10.1240.10.0+23
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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
Berwick - Beaconsfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Casey %Number%City of Casey %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total28,16962.658.714,09165.859.7+14,077
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,2517.213.75062.48.7+2,745
Non-classifiable religious belief
2770.60.71250.60.6+152
map this data in atlas.idNo religion10,19622.619.84,59821.520.1+5,598
Not stated
3,1256.97.12,0779.710.8+1,048

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% Uniting Church, City of Casey: 3.1% Christian,nfd, City of Casey: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Casey: 2.6% Buddhism, City of Casey: 3.9% Islam, City of Casey: 5.5% Baptist, City of Casey: 1.7% Pentecostal, City of Casey: 2.0% Hinduism, City of Casey: 2.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 28.6% Anglican, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 14.8% Uniting Church, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 3.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 2.9% Buddhism, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 2.7% Islam, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 2.0% Baptist, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 1.8% Pentecostal, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 1.8% Hinduism, Berwick - Beaconsfield: 1.7%
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, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +6,669 Anglican, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +2,936 Uniting Church, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +747 Christian,nfd, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +981 Presbyterian and Reformed, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +506 Buddhism, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +1,014 Islam, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +793 Baptist, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +465 Pentecostal, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +564 Hinduism, Berwick - Beaconsfield: +671
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 Berwick - Beaconsfield 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, 69.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.6% said they had no religion, compared with 72.4% and 19.8% respectively for the City of Casey.

The largest single religion in Berwick - Beaconsfield was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 28.6% of the population or 12,881 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Berwick - Beaconsfield and the City of Casey were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (14.8% compared to 11.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (4.2% compared to 3.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (2.0% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.7% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+6,669 persons)
  • Anglican (+2,936 persons)
  • Buddhism (+1,014 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+981 persons)
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