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In the City of Knox, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+14,744) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Knox'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.

The City of Knox'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
City of Knox - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic33,04321.423.237,89725.427.1-4,854
Anglican14,5149.47.619,32712.910.8-4,813
Buddhism5,8643.83.85,4303.64.0+434
Christian,nfd5,2933.42.64,0392.71.9+1,254
Uniting Church4,9023.22.36,3664.33.4-1,464
Hinduism3,9902.62.93,0552.02.0+935
Baptist3,6442.41.33,8122.61.5-168
Presbyterian and Reformed3,4362.21.64,1102.82.1-674
Greek Orthodox3,1852.13.53,3252.24.0-140
Pentecostal2,8211.80.93,1012.10.9-280
Islam1,7241.14.21,8021.23.6-78
Other Protestant9100.60.45210.30.3+389
Lutheran8610.60.31,4221.00.6-561
Sikhism8240.51.16170.40.7+207
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5330.30.25650.40.2-32
Churches of Christ4970.30.26400.40.2-143
Seventh Day Adventist4210.30.24740.30.2-53
Coptic Orthodox4130.30.23780.30.2+35
Salvation Army4010.30.15400.40.2-139
Jehova's Witnesses3330.20.23260.20.3+7
Other Christian2660.20.13290.20.1-63
Serbian Orthodox2660.20.22750.20.3-9
Baha'i2260.10.12200.10.1+6
Armenian Apostolic2180.10.01830.10.0+35
Brethren1970.10.02490.20.1-52
Other Non-Christian Religions1890.10.12270.20.1-38
Judaism1760.10.91890.11.1-13
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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
City of Knox - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total76,82549.946.388,65859.455.8-11,833
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total13,3058.613.211,9288.011.8+1,377
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,0510.70.61,2980.90.9-247
map this data in atlas.idNo religion52,15233.831.337,40825.123.5+14,744
Not stated
10,7837.08.610,0086.78.1+775

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, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Knox: 21.4% Anglican, City of Knox: 9.4% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.8% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 3.4% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 3.2% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.6% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.1% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 1.8%
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, City of Knox: -4,854 Anglican, City of Knox: -4,813 Buddhism, City of Knox: +434 Christian,nfd, City of Knox: +1,254 Uniting Church, City of Knox: -1,464 Hinduism, City of Knox: +935 Baptist, City of Knox: -168 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: -674 Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: -140 Pentecostal, City of Knox: -280
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 the City of Knox in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 58.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 33.8% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Knox was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.4% of the population or 33,043 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Knox and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (9.4% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.1% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (21.4% compared to 23.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (2.1% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-4,854 persons)
  • Anglican (-4,813 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,464 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,254 persons)
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