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In Skye, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+859) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Skye'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.

Skye'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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Skye - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Frankston City %Number%Frankston City %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic1,85623.020.11,92925.823.0-73
Anglican95711.812.31,10414.717.3-147
Christian,nfd3183.92.91592.12.3+159
Uniting Church1912.42.62393.23.8-48
Presbyterian and Reformed1501.92.61862.53.3-36
Islam1391.70.71371.80.8+2
Greek Orthodox1281.61.51211.61.5+7
Pentecostal1271.61.11111.51.0+16
Buddhism1101.41.21001.31.2+10
Hinduism1021.31.01091.50.8-7
Jehova's Witnesses951.20.3841.10.4+11
Baptist861.11.11391.91.5-53
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)350.40.4590.80.4-24
Salvation Army260.30.2320.40.2-6
Lutheran250.30.4400.50.6-15
Sikhism250.30.2160.20.1+9
Other Oriental Orthodox200.20.1160.20.1+4
Other Protestant180.20.330.00.2+15
Seventh Day Adventist180.20.2380.50.2-20
Judaism150.20.2210.30.2-6
Serbian Orthodox120.10.2140.20.1-2
Other Christian120.10.130.00.1+9
Other Eastern Catholic110.10.100.00.0+11
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. 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
Skye - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Frankston City %Number%Frankston City %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total4,09950.747.04,32057.756.8-221
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total4035.03.74075.43.6-4
Non-classifiable religious belief
560.70.9670.91.1-11
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,95136.539.32,09227.928.9+859
Not stated
5536.89.16028.09.6-49

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2016
Religion, 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Frankston City: 20.1% Anglican, Frankston City: 12.3% Christian,nfd, Frankston City: 2.9% Uniting Church, Frankston City: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Frankston City: 2.6% Islam, Frankston City: 0.7% Greek Orthodox, Frankston City: 1.5% Pentecostal, Frankston City: 1.1% Buddhism, Frankston City: 1.2% Hinduism, Frankston City: 1.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Skye: 23.0% Anglican, Skye: 11.8% Christian,nfd, Skye: 3.9% Uniting Church, Skye: 2.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Skye: 1.9% Islam, Skye: 1.7% Greek Orthodox, Skye: 1.6% Pentecostal, Skye: 1.6% Buddhism, Skye: 1.4% Hinduism, Skye: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Skye: -73 Anglican, Skye: -147 Christian,nfd, Skye: +159 Uniting Church, Skye: -48 Presbyterian and Reformed, Skye: -36 Islam, Skye: +2 Greek Orthodox, Skye: +7 Pentecostal, Skye: +16 Buddhism, Skye: +10 Hinduism, Skye: -7
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Skye in 2016 compared to Frankston City shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 55.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 36.5% said they had no religion, compared with 50.8% and 39.3% respectively for Frankston City.

The largest single religion in Skye was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.0% of the population or 1,856 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Skye and Frankston City were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.0% compared to 20.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (1.7% compared to 0.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Skye between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Christian,nfd (+159 persons)
  • Anglican (-147 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-73 persons)
  • Baptist (-53 persons)
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