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In Ferntree Gully, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,016) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Ferntree Gully'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.

Ferntree Gully'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
Ferntree Gully - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic6,58225.325.46,10724.625.7+475
Anglican3,85114.812.93,86015.513.9-9
Uniting Church1,0203.94.31,0004.04.8+20
Presbyterian and Reformed7382.82.87583.12.7-21
Christian,nfd7112.72.73961.61.8+315
Buddhism5692.23.63171.32.9+253
Baptist5662.22.64831.92.3+82
Pentecostal4111.62.13451.41.9+67
Greek Orthodox3411.32.22961.22.2+45
Lutheran2601.01.02631.11.0-3
Hinduism1960.82.0850.31.4+111
Islam1440.61.21130.51.0+31
Salvation Army1360.50.41330.50.4+3
Churches of Christ1220.50.41210.50.5+1
Seventh Day Adventist780.30.3790.30.3-1
Other Protestant730.30.3570.20.3+16
Brethren700.30.2860.30.2-16
Other Christian620.20.2460.20.2+16
Jehova's Witnesses590.20.2650.30.2-6
Sikhism550.20.4230.10.3+32
Coptic Orthodox540.20.3230.10.2+31
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)420.20.4500.20.4-8
Other Non-Christian Religions380.10.2240.10.1+14
Wiccan/Witchcraft320.10.0150.10.1+17
Christadelphian310.10.1320.10.1-1
Spiritualism270.10.1260.10.1+1
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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
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total15,29758.859.414,28157.559.9+1,016
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,1284.38.06672.76.2+461
Non-classifiable religious belief
2521.00.92671.10.8-15
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,44328.625.16,70827.022.9+735
Not stated
1,8887.36.72,90911.710.3-1,021

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, City of Knox: 25.4% Anglican, City of Knox: 12.9% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 4.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.8% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 2.7% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.6% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.6% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 2.1% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.2% Lutheran, City of Knox: 1.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Ferntree Gully: 25.3% Anglican, Ferntree Gully: 14.8% Uniting Church, Ferntree Gully: 3.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Ferntree Gully: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Ferntree Gully: 2.7% Buddhism, Ferntree Gully: 2.2% Baptist, Ferntree Gully: 2.2% Pentecostal, Ferntree Gully: 1.6% Greek Orthodox, Ferntree Gully: 1.3% Lutheran, Ferntree Gully: 1.0%
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, Ferntree Gully: +475 Anglican, Ferntree Gully: -9 Uniting Church, Ferntree Gully: +20 Presbyterian and Reformed, Ferntree Gully: -21 Christian,nfd, Ferntree Gully: +315 Buddhism, Ferntree Gully: +253 Baptist, Ferntree Gully: +82 Pentecostal, Ferntree Gully: +67 Greek Orthodox, Ferntree Gully: +45 Lutheran, Ferntree Gully: -3
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 Ferntree Gully in 2011 compared to the City of Knox shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 63.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.6% said they had no religion, compared with 67.4% and 25.1% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Ferntree Gully was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.3% of the population or 6,582 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Ferntree Gully and the City of Knox were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (14.8% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.2% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.8% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+475 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+315 persons)
  • Buddhism (+253 persons)
  • Hinduism (+111 persons)