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In the City of Knox, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,825) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
City of Knox - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic37,89725.427.137,74725.728.2+150
Anglican19,32712.910.820,45013.912.2-1,123
Uniting Church6,3664.33.47,0304.84.0-664
Buddhism5,4303.64.04,2602.93.5+1,170
Presbyterian and Reformed4,1102.82.13,9942.72.3+116
Christian,nfd4,0392.71.92,6371.81.4+1,402
Baptist3,8122.61.53,3762.31.4+436
Greek Orthodox3,3252.24.03,1722.24.3+153
Pentecostal3,1012.10.92,8331.90.8+268
Hinduism3,0552.02.01,9821.41.1+1,073
Islam1,8021.23.61,5181.02.8+284
Lutheran1,4221.00.61,4521.00.7-30
Churches of Christ6400.40.26890.50.3-49
Sikhism6170.40.74170.30.2+200
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5650.40.25710.40.2-6
Salvation Army5400.40.26090.40.2-69
Other Protestant5210.30.34160.30.3+105
Seventh Day Adventist4740.30.24300.30.2+44
Coptic Orthodox3780.30.23060.20.1+72
Other Christian3290.20.13320.20.1-3
Jehova's Witnesses3260.20.33180.20.3+8
Other Eastern Orthodox2790.20.52730.20.6+6
Serbian Orthodox2750.20.33300.20.3-55
Brethren2490.20.12940.20.1-45
Other Non-Christian Religions2270.20.11650.10.1+62
Baha'i2200.10.11950.10.1+25
Judaism1890.11.11220.11.1+67
Armenian Apostolic1830.10.01970.10.1-14
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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
City of Knox - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total88,65859.455.887,87759.959.0+781
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total11,9288.011.89,0606.29.1+2,868
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,2980.90.91,1370.80.8+161
map this data in atlas.idNo religion37,40825.123.533,58322.920.0+3,825
Not stated
10,0086.78.115,08010.311.1-5,072

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, Greater Melbourne: 27.1% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 10.8% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Knox: 25.4% Anglican, City of Knox: 12.9% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 4.3% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.8% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 2.7% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.2% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 2.1% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.0%
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, City of Knox: +150 Anglican, City of Knox: -1,123 Uniting Church, City of Knox: -664 Buddhism, City of Knox: +1,170 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: +116 Christian,nfd, City of Knox: +1,402 Baptist, City of Knox: +436 Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: +153 Pentecostal, City of Knox: +268 Hinduism, City of Knox: +1,073
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 the City of Knox in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 67.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.1% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Knox was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.4% of the population or 37,897 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 (12.9% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.2% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (2.2% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (25.4% compared to 27.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Christian,nfd (+1,402 persons)
  • Buddhism (+1,170 persons)
  • Anglican (-1,123 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,073 persons)