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In Altona Meadows, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-1,057) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Altona Meadows'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.

Altona Meadows'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
Altona Meadows - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic6,43434.430.77,19338.132.7-759
Anglican1,6708.99.91,8169.611.1-146
Greek Orthodox9525.14.61,0105.44.8-58
Islam8354.54.77393.94.3+96
Buddhism7383.92.77814.12.8-43
Uniting Church3912.12.84762.53.5-85
Hinduism3872.11.71380.70.5+249
Presbyterian and Reformed3391.82.23331.82.5+6
Macedonian Orthodox3131.71.04082.21.1-95
Other Eastern Orthodox3021.61.03011.61.1+1
Christian,nfd2911.61.41801.01.0+111
Sikhism2611.41.0510.30.2+210
Baptist2061.11.52101.11.2-4
Lutheran1500.80.81801.00.9-30
Serbian Orthodox1460.80.51340.70.5+12
Pentecostal990.50.41060.60.4-7
Other Protestant920.50.41130.60.4-21
Jehova's Witnesses570.30.2600.30.3-3
Churches of Christ440.20.2340.20.2+10
Salvation Army380.20.2430.20.2-5
Seventh Day Adventist360.20.1350.20.2+1
Other Christian320.20.1230.10.1+9
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)300.20.2210.10.2+9
Coptic Orthodox290.20.1220.10.1+7
Maronite Catholic260.10.1260.10.10
Russian Orthodox210.10.1230.10.1-2
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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
Altona Meadows - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total11,71762.658.712,77467.762.8-1,057
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,29612.310.61,7549.38.2+542
Non-classifiable religious belief
1190.60.8800.40.7+39
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,21117.122.02,71014.418.5+501
Not stated
1,3877.47.81,5378.29.9-150

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, Hobsons Bay City: 30.7% Anglican, Hobsons Bay City: 9.9% Greek Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: 4.6% Islam, Hobsons Bay City: 4.7% Buddhism, Hobsons Bay City: 2.7% Uniting Church, Hobsons Bay City: 2.8% Hinduism, Hobsons Bay City: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Hobsons Bay City: 2.2% Macedonian Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: 1.0% Other Eastern Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: 1.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Altona Meadows: 34.4% Anglican, Altona Meadows: 8.9% Greek Orthodox, Altona Meadows: 5.1% Islam, Altona Meadows: 4.5% Buddhism, Altona Meadows: 3.9% Uniting Church, Altona Meadows: 2.1% Hinduism, Altona Meadows: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Altona Meadows: 1.8% Macedonian Orthodox, Altona Meadows: 1.7% Other Eastern Orthodox, Altona Meadows: 1.6%
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, Altona Meadows: -759 Anglican, Altona Meadows: -146 Greek Orthodox, Altona Meadows: -58 Islam, Altona Meadows: +96 Buddhism, Altona Meadows: -43 Uniting Church, Altona Meadows: -85 Hinduism, Altona Meadows: +249 Presbyterian and Reformed, Altona Meadows: +6 Macedonian Orthodox, Altona Meadows: -95 Other Eastern Orthodox, Altona Meadows: +1
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 Altona Meadows in 2011 compared to Hobsons Bay City shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 74.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 17.1% said they had no religion, compared with 69.3% and 22.0% respectively for Hobsons Bay City.

The largest single religion in Altona Meadows was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 34.4% of the population or 6,434 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (34.4% compared to 30.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (3.9% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-759 persons)
  • Hinduism (+249 persons)
  • Sikhism (+210 persons)
  • Anglican (-146 persons)