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In Altona Meadows, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,482) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Altona Meadows - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic5,90230.827.06,43434.430.7-532
Anglican1,2736.67.01,6708.99.9-397
Islam9144.85.08354.54.7+79
Greek Orthodox8224.34.19525.14.6-130
Buddhism6343.32.47383.92.7-104
Hinduism5572.92.23872.11.7+170
Christian,nfd5422.82.32911.61.4+251
Uniting Church3471.82.13912.12.8-44
Presbyterian and Reformed2631.41.53391.82.2-76
Sikhism2611.40.82611.41.00
Macedonian Orthodox2521.30.83131.71.0-61
Pentecostal1710.90.6990.50.4+72
Baptist1520.81.12061.11.5-54
Serbian Orthodox1340.70.41460.80.5-12
Other Protestant1050.50.4920.50.4+13
Lutheran690.40.51500.80.8-81
Jehova's Witnesses640.30.2570.30.2+7
Churches of Christ380.20.1440.20.2-6
Other Eastern Orthodox320.20.23021.61.0-270
Other Oriental Orthodox310.20.1150.10.1+16
Seventh Day Adventist290.20.1360.20.1-7
Maronite Catholic280.10.1260.10.1+2
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)250.10.1300.20.2-5
Coptic Orthodox210.10.1290.20.1-8
Salvation Army210.10.2380.20.2-17
Other Christian180.10.1320.20.1-14
Other Eastern Catholic100.10.100.00.1+10
Other Non-Christian Religions100.10.1190.10.1-9
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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
Altona Meadows - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total10,35854.149.411,71762.658.7-1,359
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,39612.510.72,29612.310.6+100
Non-classifiable religious belief
1280.70.61190.60.8+9
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,69324.531.13,21117.122.0+1,482
Not stated
1,3957.38.11,3877.47.8+8

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, 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% Hinduism, Hobsons Bay City: 2.2% Christian,nfd, Hobsons Bay City: 2.3% Uniting Church, Hobsons Bay City: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Hobsons Bay City: 1.5% Sikhism, Hobsons Bay City: 0.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Altona Meadows: 30.8% Anglican, Altona Meadows: 6.6% Islam, Altona Meadows: 4.8% Greek Orthodox, Altona Meadows: 4.3% Buddhism, Altona Meadows: 3.3% Hinduism, Altona Meadows: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Altona Meadows: 2.8% Uniting Church, Altona Meadows: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Altona Meadows: 1.4% Sikhism, Altona Meadows: 1.4%
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, Altona Meadows: -532 Anglican, Altona Meadows: -397 Islam, Altona Meadows: +79 Greek Orthodox, Altona Meadows: -130 Buddhism, Altona Meadows: -104 Hinduism, Altona Meadows: +170 Christian,nfd, Altona Meadows: +251 Uniting Church, Altona Meadows: -44 Presbyterian and Reformed, Altona Meadows: -76 Sikhism, Altona Meadows: 0
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 Altona Meadows in 2016 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, 66.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.5% said they had no religion, compared with 60.1% and 31.1% respectively for Hobsons Bay City.

The largest single religion in Altona Meadows was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 30.8% of the population or 5,902 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (30.8% compared to 27.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Altona Meadows between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-532 persons)
  • Anglican (-397 persons)
  • Other Eastern Orthodox (-270 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+251 persons)
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