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In Williamstown, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,284) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Williamstown'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.

Williamstown'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
Williamstown - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,72124.327.02,90327.430.7-182
Anglican1,0389.37.01,44813.79.9-410
Greek Orthodox4604.14.14514.34.6+8
Uniting Church3092.82.14444.22.8-135
Presbyterian and Reformed2322.11.53042.92.2-72
Christian,nfd1821.62.31371.31.4+45
Buddhism1221.12.41251.22.7-3
Islam1020.95.0820.84.7+20
Macedonian Orthodox650.60.8410.41.0+24
Baptist620.61.1780.71.5-16
Hinduism360.32.2670.61.7-31
Other Protestant330.30.4210.20.4+12
Pentecostal240.20.6150.10.4+10
Serbian Orthodox200.20.4350.30.5-15
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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
Williamstown - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total5,26147.049.46,17158.258.7-910
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2802.510.73173.010.6-37
Non-classifiable religious belief
790.70.61000.90.8-21
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,44639.731.13,16229.922.0+1,284
Not stated
1,0169.18.18438.07.8+173

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% Greek Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: 4.1% Uniting Church, Hobsons Bay City: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Hobsons Bay City: 1.5% Christian,nfd, Hobsons Bay City: 2.3% Buddhism, Hobsons Bay City: 2.4% Islam, Hobsons Bay City: 5.0% Macedonian Orthodox, Hobsons Bay City: 0.8% Baptist, Hobsons Bay City: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Williamstown: 24.3% Anglican, Williamstown: 9.3% Greek Orthodox, Williamstown: 4.1% Uniting Church, Williamstown: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Williamstown: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Williamstown: 1.6% Buddhism, Williamstown: 1.1% Islam, Williamstown: 0.9% Macedonian Orthodox, Williamstown: 0.6% Baptist, Williamstown: 0.6%
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, Williamstown: -182 Anglican, Williamstown: -410 Greek Orthodox, Williamstown: +8 Uniting Church, Williamstown: -135 Presbyterian and Reformed, Williamstown: -72 Christian,nfd, Williamstown: +45 Buddhism, Williamstown: -3 Islam, Williamstown: +20 Macedonian Orthodox, Williamstown: +24 Baptist, Williamstown: -16
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 Williamstown in 2016 compared to Hobsons Bay City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 49.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.7% said they had no religion, compared with 60.1% and 31.1% respectively for Hobsons Bay City.

The largest single religion in Williamstown was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.3% of the population or 2,721 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (9.3% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.9% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (24.3% compared to 27.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.3% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-410 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-182 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-135 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-72 persons)
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