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In Gannawarra Shire, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-821) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Gannawarra Shire'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.

Gannawarra Shire'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
Gannawarra Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic2,10420.325.12,34320.725.0-239
Anglican2,08020.116.72,30120.417.8-221
Uniting Church1,41813.78.61,69815.09.9-280
Presbyterian and Reformed4944.84.25554.94.5-61
Baptist4134.01.44443.91.4-31
Christian,nfd1161.11.91010.91.4+15
Brethren940.90.2950.80.2-1
Pentecostal730.70.8580.50.9+15
Lutheran640.61.3620.51.4+2
Buddhism450.40.7210.20.5+24
Churches of Christ230.20.4270.20.4-4
Greek Orthodox220.20.5200.20.5+2
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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
Gannawarra Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Christian total6,95367.162.77,77468.864.9-821
Non Christian total620.62.0500.41.5+12
Non-classifiable religious belief430.40.8250.20.7+18
No religion2,33722.525.42,13418.921.5+203
Not stated9709.49.01,31311.611.4-343

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, Regional VIC: 25.1% Anglican, Regional VIC: 16.7% Uniting Church, Regional VIC: 8.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: 4.2% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.4% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 1.9% Brethren, Regional VIC: 0.2% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.8% Lutheran, Regional VIC: 1.3% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Gannawarra Shire: 20.3% Anglican, Gannawarra Shire: 20.1% Uniting Church, Gannawarra Shire: 13.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Gannawarra Shire: 4.8% Baptist, Gannawarra Shire: 4.0% Christian,nfd, Gannawarra Shire: 1.1% Brethren, Gannawarra Shire: 0.9% Pentecostal, Gannawarra Shire: 0.7% Lutheran, Gannawarra Shire: 0.6% Buddhism, Gannawarra Shire: 0.4%
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, Gannawarra Shire: -239 Anglican, Gannawarra Shire: -221 Uniting Church, Gannawarra Shire: -280 Presbyterian and Reformed, Gannawarra Shire: -61 Baptist, Gannawarra Shire: -31 Christian,nfd, Gannawarra Shire: +15 Brethren, Gannawarra Shire: -1 Pentecostal, Gannawarra Shire: +15 Lutheran, Gannawarra Shire: +2 Buddhism, Gannawarra Shire: +24
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 Gannawarra Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 67.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.5% said they had no religion, compared with 64.7% and 25.4% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in Gannawarra Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 20.3% of the population or 2,104 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Gannawarra Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (13.7% compared to 8.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (20.1% compared to 16.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Baptist (4.0% compared to 1.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (20.3% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Uniting Church (-280 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-239 persons)
  • Anglican (-221 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-61 persons)
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