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In the Frankston City, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+16,148) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The Frankston City'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.

The Frankston City'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
Frankston City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic26,96320.123.229,13823.027.1-2,175
Anglican16,47012.37.621,82017.310.8-5,350
Christian,nfd3,9522.92.62,8992.31.9+1,053
Presbyterian and Reformed3,5292.61.64,1803.32.1-651
Uniting Church3,4292.62.34,7823.83.4-1,353
Greek Orthodox1,9921.53.51,8371.54.0+155
Buddhism1,6431.23.81,4841.24.0+159
Baptist1,5361.11.31,8681.51.5-332
Pentecostal1,4541.10.91,3161.00.9+138
Hinduism1,3801.02.91,0000.82.0+380
Islam9020.74.21,0090.83.6-107
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5570.40.25660.40.2-9
Lutheran4760.40.37770.60.6-301
Jehova's Witnesses4650.30.24930.40.3-28
Other Protestant4520.30.43050.20.3+147
Seventh Day Adventist2610.20.22320.20.2+29
Judaism2490.20.92520.21.1-3
Sikhism2330.21.11360.10.7+97
Salvation Army2250.20.12710.20.2-46
Churches of Christ2200.20.22770.20.2-57
Serbian Orthodox2050.20.21770.10.3+28
Russian Orthodox1960.10.11750.10.1+21
Other Eastern Catholic1710.10.260.00.1+165
Paganism1550.10.01290.10.1+26
Other Christian1540.10.11600.10.1-6
Other Non-Christian Religions1480.10.11660.10.1-18
Other Oriental Orthodox1430.10.1790.10.1+64
Spiritualism1050.10.01280.10.1-23
Other Eastern Orthodox920.10.13180.30.5-226
Wiccan/Witchcraft730.10.01060.10.0-33
Other Nature Religions700.10.0720.10.0-2
Coptic Orthodox650.00.2720.10.2-7
Macedonian Orthodox350.00.4160.00.5+19
Chinese and Japanese Religions280.00.0250.00.0+3
Baha'i270.00.1210.00.1+6
Armenian Apostolic170.00.0130.00.0+4
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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
Frankston City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total63,07547.046.371,83156.855.8-8,756
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5,0163.713.24,5353.611.8+481
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,2150.90.61,3891.10.9-174
map this data in atlas.idNo religion52,65639.331.336,50828.923.5+16,148
Not stated
12,1669.18.612,1949.68.1-28

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, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Frankston City: 20.1% Anglican, Frankston City: 12.3% Christian,nfd, Frankston City: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Frankston City: 2.6% Uniting Church, Frankston City: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, Frankston City: 1.5% Buddhism, Frankston City: 1.2% Baptist, Frankston City: 1.1% Pentecostal, Frankston City: 1.1% Hinduism, Frankston City: 1.0%
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, Frankston City: -2,175 Anglican, Frankston City: -5,350 Christian,nfd, Frankston City: +1,053 Presbyterian and Reformed, Frankston City: -651 Uniting Church, Frankston City: -1,353 Greek Orthodox, Frankston City: +155 Buddhism, Frankston City: +159 Baptist, Frankston City: -332 Pentecostal, Frankston City: +138 Hinduism, Frankston City: +380
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 the Frankston City in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 50.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.3% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the Frankston City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 20.1% of the population or 26,963 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (12.3% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.7% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (20.1% compared to 23.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.2% compared to 3.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-5,350 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-2,175 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,353 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,053 persons)
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