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In Altona North, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+374) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Altona North'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 North'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 North - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic3,43429.830.73,54232.332.7-108
Islam1,75315.24.71,49213.64.3+260
Greek Orthodox9598.34.61,0169.34.8-57
Anglican6405.69.97236.611.1-83
Buddhism4513.92.75154.72.8-64
Baptist1851.61.51571.41.2+28
Presbyterian and Reformed1821.62.21821.72.5-1
Macedonian Orthodox1681.51.01691.51.1-1
Uniting Church1581.42.81971.83.5-39
Christian,nfd1341.21.4860.81.0+48
Other Eastern Orthodox1131.01.01741.61.1-61
Hinduism1101.01.7150.10.5+95
Lutheran950.80.8980.90.9-3
Sikhism740.61.090.10.2+65
Other Protestant680.60.4630.60.4+4
Serbian Orthodox670.60.5590.50.5+8
Pentecostal440.40.4120.10.4+32
Jehova's Witnesses320.30.2470.40.3-15
Churches of Christ220.20.290.10.2+13
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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 North - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total6,38355.458.76,64060.562.8-258
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,41521.010.62,07718.98.2+338
Non-classifiable religious belief
640.60.8460.40.7+18
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,51013.122.01,13610.418.5+374
Not stated
1,14610.07.81,0739.89.9+73

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% Islam, Hobsons Bay City: 4.7% Greek Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: 4.6% Anglican, Hobsons Bay City: 9.9% Buddhism, Hobsons Bay City: 2.7% Baptist, Hobsons Bay City: 1.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Hobsons Bay City: 2.2% Macedonian Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: 1.0% Uniting Church, Hobsons Bay City: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Hobsons Bay City: 1.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Altona North: 29.8% Islam, Altona North: 15.2% Greek Orthodox, Altona North: 8.3% Anglican, Altona North: 5.6% Buddhism, Altona North: 3.9% Baptist, Altona North: 1.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Altona North: 1.6% Macedonian Orthodox, Altona North: 1.5% Uniting Church, Altona North: 1.4% Christian,nfd, Altona North: 1.2%
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 North: -108 Islam, Altona North: +260 Greek Orthodox, Altona North: -57 Anglican, Altona North: -83 Buddhism, Altona North: -64 Baptist, Altona North: +28 Presbyterian and Reformed, Altona North: -1 Macedonian Orthodox, Altona North: -1 Uniting Church, Altona North: -39 Christian,nfd, Altona North: +48
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 North 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, 76.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 13.1% said they had no religion, compared with 69.3% and 22.0% respectively for Hobsons Bay City.

The largest single religion in Altona North was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 29.8% of the population or 3,434 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (15.2% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (8.3% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (5.6% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (1.4% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+260 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-108 persons)
  • Hinduism (+95 persons)
  • Anglican (-83 persons)