City of Belmont
In City of Belmont, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+2,223) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.
City of Belmont'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.
City of Belmont'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?'
|Religion - ranked by size|
|City of Belmont||2011||2006||Change|
|Religion||Number||%||EMRC area %||Number||%||EMRC area %||2006 to 2011|
|Western (Roman) Catholic||9,349||26.5||25.6||35044||8,114||26.7||25.6||+1,235|
|Presbyterian and Reformed||629||1.8||1.8||35036||609||2.0||1.9||+20|
|Seventh Day Adventist||165||0.5||0.4||35040||117||0.4||0.4||+48|
|Churches of Christ||125||0.4||0.5||35013||142||0.5||0.5||-17|
|Latter Day Saints (Mormons)||116||0.3||0.3||35020||97||0.3||0.4||+19|
|Other Non-Christian Religions||53||0.2||0.1||35031||25||0.1||0.1||+28|
|Other Eastern Orthodox||46||0.1||0.2||35029||32||0.1||0.2||+14|
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Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of City of Belmont in 2011 compared to EMRC area shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.
Overall, 66.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.5% said they had no religion, compared with 65.2% and 25.0% respectively for EMRC area.
The largest single religion in City of Belmont was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.5% of the population or 9,349 people as adherents.
The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of City of Belmont and EMRC area were:
- A larger percentage who nominated Islam (5.3% compared to 2.4%)
- A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (15.0% compared to 17.6%)
The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in City of Belmont between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:
- Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,235 persons)
- Islam (+1,020 persons)
- Buddhism (+467 persons)
- Hinduism (+428 persons)