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In Hobsons Bay City, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+9,179) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Hobsons Bay 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.

Hobsons Bay 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
Hobsons Bay City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic23,95727.023.225,77630.727.1-1,819
Anglican6,2287.07.68,2689.910.8-2,040
Islam4,4085.04.23,9824.73.6+426
Greek Orthodox3,6834.13.53,8724.64.0-189
Buddhism2,1022.43.82,3052.74.0-203
Christian,nfd2,0562.32.61,1871.41.9+869
Hinduism1,9242.22.91,4211.72.0+503
Uniting Church1,8592.12.32,3392.83.4-480
Presbyterian and Reformed1,3711.51.61,8582.22.1-487
Baptist1,0131.11.31,2781.51.5-265
Sikhism7430.81.18421.00.7-99
Macedonian Orthodox7300.80.48491.00.5-119
Pentecostal5120.60.93420.40.9+170
Lutheran4310.50.36720.80.6-241
Serbian Orthodox3730.40.24160.50.3-43
Other Protestant3710.40.43260.40.3+45
Jehova's Witnesses2040.20.22040.20.30
Other Eastern Orthodox1790.20.18141.00.5-635
Salvation Army1350.20.11430.20.2-8
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1210.10.21300.20.2-9
Churches of Christ1140.10.21820.20.2-68
Other Oriental Orthodox1110.10.1760.10.1+35
Seventh Day Adventist990.10.2940.10.2+5
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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
Hobsons Bay City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total43,87749.446.349,22558.755.8-5,348
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total9,49010.713.28,91310.611.8+577
Non-classifiable religious belief
5680.60.66690.80.9-101
map this data in atlas.idNo religion27,65031.131.318,47122.023.5+9,179
Not stated
7,1828.18.66,5827.88.1+600

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% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 4.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Hobsons Bay City: 27.0% Anglican, Hobsons Bay City: 7.0% Islam, Hobsons Bay City: 5.0% Greek Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: 4.1% Buddhism, Hobsons Bay City: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Hobsons Bay City: 2.3% Hinduism, Hobsons Bay City: 2.2% Uniting Church, Hobsons Bay City: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Hobsons Bay City: 1.5% Baptist, Hobsons Bay City: 1.1%
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, Hobsons Bay City: -1,819 Anglican, Hobsons Bay City: -2,040 Islam, Hobsons Bay City: +426 Greek Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: -189 Buddhism, Hobsons Bay City: -203 Christian,nfd, Hobsons Bay City: +869 Hinduism, Hobsons Bay City: +503 Uniting Church, Hobsons Bay City: -480 Presbyterian and Reformed, Hobsons Bay City: -487 Baptist, Hobsons Bay City: -265
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 Hobsons Bay City in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 31.1% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in Hobsons Bay City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.0% of the population or 23,957 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (27.0% compared to 23.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.4% compared to 3.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-2,040 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,819 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+869 persons)
  • Other Eastern Orthodox (-635 persons)
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