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In the Frankston City, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+6,159) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Frankston City - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic29,13823.027.126,53022.528.2+2,608
Anglican21,82017.310.822,19018.812.2-370
Uniting Church4,7823.83.44,6784.04.0+104
Presbyterian and Reformed4,1803.32.13,9643.42.3+216
Christian,nfd2,8992.31.91,8281.61.4+1,071
Baptist1,8681.51.51,8071.51.4+61
Greek Orthodox1,8371.54.01,5741.34.3+263
Buddhism1,4841.24.08800.73.5+604
Pentecostal1,3161.00.91,1231.00.8+193
Islam1,0090.83.67790.72.8+230
Hinduism1,0000.82.05430.51.1+457
Lutheran7770.60.68030.70.7-26
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5660.40.25000.40.2+66
Jehova's Witnesses4930.40.34740.40.3+19
Other Eastern Orthodox3180.30.52150.20.6+103
Other Protestant3050.20.32590.20.3+46
Churches of Christ2770.20.22980.30.3-21
Salvation Army2710.20.23030.30.2-32
Judaism2520.21.11420.11.1+110
Seventh Day Adventist2320.20.21770.20.2+55
Serbian Orthodox1770.10.31620.10.3+15
Russian Orthodox1750.10.11470.10.1+28
Other Non-Christian Religions1660.10.11270.10.1+39
Other Christian1600.10.11160.10.1+44
Sikhism1360.10.740.00.2+132
Paganism1290.10.11130.10.1+16
Spiritualism1280.10.1790.10.0+49
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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
Frankston City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total71,83156.855.867,38757.259.0+4,444
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total4,5353.611.82,8362.49.1+1,699
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,3891.10.91,1321.00.8+257
map this data in atlas.idNo religion36,50828.923.530,34925.820.0+6,159
Not stated
12,1949.68.116,09713.711.1-3,903

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, Greater Melbourne: 27.1% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 10.8% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Frankston City: 23.0% Anglican, Frankston City: 17.3% Uniting Church, Frankston City: 3.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Frankston City: 3.3% Christian,nfd, Frankston City: 2.3% Baptist, Frankston City: 1.5% Greek Orthodox, Frankston City: 1.5% Buddhism, Frankston City: 1.2% Pentecostal, Frankston City: 1.0% Islam, Frankston City: 0.8%
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, Frankston City: +2,608 Anglican, Frankston City: -370 Uniting Church, Frankston City: +104 Presbyterian and Reformed, Frankston City: +216 Christian,nfd, Frankston City: +1,071 Baptist, Frankston City: +61 Greek Orthodox, Frankston City: +263 Buddhism, Frankston City: +604 Pentecostal, Frankston City: +193 Islam, Frankston City: +230
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 the Frankston City in 2011 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, 60.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.9% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the Frankston City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.0% of the population or 29,138 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 (17.3% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.0% compared to 27.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.8% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.2% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Frankston City between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+2,608 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,071 persons)
  • Buddhism (+604 persons)
  • Hinduism (+457 persons)