City of Belmont

Religion

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?'

Total population

Religion - ranked by size
City of Belmont20112006Change
ReligionNumber%EMRC area %Number%EMRC area %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic9,34926.525.68,11426.725.6+1,235
Anglican5,27715.017.65,62018.518.8-343
Islam1,8805.32.48602.81.6+1,020
Buddhism1,1483.32.56812.22.2+467
Christian,nfd9332.63.06572.22.3+276
Uniting Church8382.42.68852.93.0-47
Presbyterian and Reformed6291.81.86092.01.9+20
Hinduism5371.51.01090.40.3+428
Baptist4601.31.73421.11.6+118
Pentecostal4051.11.12710.91.0+134
Sikhism2690.80.3260.10.1+243
Lutheran1840.50.51890.60.6-5
Jehova's Witnesses1820.50.51610.50.6+21
Seventh Day Adventist1650.50.41170.40.4+48
Greek Orthodox1310.40.71560.50.7-25
Other Protestant1270.40.31020.30.3+25
Churches of Christ1250.40.51420.50.5-17
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1160.30.3970.30.4+19
Salvation Army860.20.31380.50.4-52
Other Christian790.20.2640.20.1+15
Other Non-Christian Religions530.20.1250.10.1+28
Baha'i520.10.1160.10.1+36
Serbian Orthodox480.10.3320.10.3+16
Russian Orthodox470.10.1150.00.1+32
Other Eastern Orthodox460.10.2320.10.2+14
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id 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 Belmont20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%EMRC area %Number%EMRC area %2006 to 2011
Christian total19,28154.658.217,81158.659.0+1,470
Non Christian total4,04211.57.01,8196.05.0+2,223
Non-classifiable religious belief3621.00.93021.00.8+60
No religion7,93122.525.06,43721.223.1+1,494
Not stated3,67910.48.94,02313.212.1-344

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, EMRC area: 25.6% Anglican, EMRC area: 17.6% Islam, EMRC area: 2.4% Buddhism, EMRC area: 2.5% Christian,nfd, EMRC area: 3.0% Uniting Church, EMRC area: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, EMRC area: 1.8% Hinduism, EMRC area: 1.0% Baptist, EMRC area: 1.7% Pentecostal, EMRC area: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Belmont: 26.5% Anglican, City of Belmont: 15.0% Islam, City of Belmont: 5.3% Buddhism, City of Belmont: 3.3% Christian,nfd, City of Belmont: 2.6% Uniting Church, City of Belmont: 2.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Belmont: 1.8% Hinduism, City of Belmont: 1.5% Baptist, City of Belmont: 1.3% Pentecostal, City of Belmont: 1.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated 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 Belmont: +1,235 Anglican, City of Belmont: -343 Islam, City of Belmont: +1,020 Buddhism, City of Belmont: +467 Christian,nfd, City of Belmont: +276 Uniting Church, City of Belmont: -47 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Belmont: +20 Hinduism, City of Belmont: +428 Baptist, City of Belmont: +118 Pentecostal, City of Belmont: +134
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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%)

Emerging groups

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)