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In Hobsons Bay City, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,429) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Hobsons Bay City - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic25,77630.727.126,65332.728.2-877
Anglican8,2689.910.89,04011.112.2-772
Islam3,9824.73.63,5184.32.8+464
Greek Orthodox3,8724.64.03,9404.84.3-68
Uniting Church2,3392.83.42,8123.54.0-473
Buddhism2,3052.74.02,2532.83.5+52
Presbyterian and Reformed1,8582.22.12,0332.52.3-175
Hinduism1,4211.72.04350.51.1+986
Baptist1,2781.51.51,0121.21.4+266
Christian,nfd1,1871.41.98391.01.4+348
Macedonian Orthodox8491.00.59081.10.6-59
Sikhism8421.00.71310.20.2+711
Other Eastern Orthodox8141.00.59171.10.6-103
Lutheran6720.80.67630.90.7-91
Serbian Orthodox4160.50.34140.50.3+2
Pentecostal3420.40.93340.40.8+8
Other Protestant3260.40.32950.40.3+31
Jehova's Witnesses2040.20.32060.30.3-2
Churches of Christ1820.20.21580.20.3+24
Salvation Army1430.20.21640.20.2-21
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1300.20.21630.20.2-33
Other Christian1050.10.1750.10.1+30
Seventh Day Adventist940.10.21260.20.2-32
Russian Orthodox910.10.1810.10.1+10
Other Non-Christian Religions850.10.1870.10.1-2
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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
Hobsons Bay City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total49,22558.755.851,17062.859.0-1,945
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total8,91310.611.86,6578.29.1+2,256
Non-classifiable religious belief
6690.80.95300.70.8+139
map this data in atlas.idNo religion18,47122.023.515,04218.520.0+3,429
Not stated
6,5827.88.18,0609.911.1-1,478

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% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Hobsons Bay City: 30.7% Anglican, Hobsons Bay City: 9.9% Islam, Hobsons Bay City: 4.7% Greek Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: 4.6% Uniting Church, Hobsons Bay City: 2.8% Buddhism, Hobsons Bay City: 2.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Hobsons Bay City: 2.2% Hinduism, Hobsons Bay City: 1.7% Baptist, Hobsons Bay City: 1.5% Christian,nfd, Hobsons Bay City: 1.4%
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, Hobsons Bay City: -877 Anglican, Hobsons Bay City: -772 Islam, Hobsons Bay City: +464 Greek Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: -68 Uniting Church, Hobsons Bay City: -473 Buddhism, Hobsons Bay City: +52 Presbyterian and Reformed, Hobsons Bay City: -175 Hinduism, Hobsons Bay City: +986 Baptist, Hobsons Bay City: +266 Christian,nfd, Hobsons Bay City: +348
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 Hobsons Bay City in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 69.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.0% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in Hobsons Bay City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 30.7% of the population or 25,776 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 (30.7% compared to 27.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (4.7% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.7% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Hinduism (+986 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-877 persons)
  • Anglican (-772 persons)
  • Sikhism (+711 persons)