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In Ferntree Gully, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,542) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic5,72621.721.46,58125.325.4-855
Anglican2,84410.89.43,85014.812.9-1,006
Christian,nfd8883.43.47112.72.7+177
Uniting Church8253.13.21,0193.94.3-194
Presbyterian and Reformed6462.42.27372.82.8-91
Buddhism6312.43.85692.23.6+62
Baptist5502.12.45652.22.6-15
Hinduism3521.32.61960.82.0+156
Greek Orthodox3491.32.13401.32.2+9
Pentecostal3011.11.84111.62.1-110
Islam1430.51.11430.61.20
Lutheran1330.50.62591.01.0-126
Other Protestant910.30.6730.30.3+18
Sikhism800.30.5540.20.4+25
Jehova's Witnesses740.30.2580.20.2+15
Salvation Army690.30.31350.50.4-67
Churches of Christ590.20.31220.50.4-63
Seventh Day Adventist560.20.3780.30.3-22
Brethren520.20.1700.30.2-17
Coptic Orthodox410.20.3530.20.3-12
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)320.10.3410.20.4-9
Christadelphian300.10.1310.10.1-1
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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
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total12,86648.749.915,29758.859.4-2,431
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,2934.98.61,1274.38.0+166
Non-classifiable religious belief
2220.80.72511.00.9-29
map this data in atlas.idNo religion9,98437.833.87,44328.625.1+2,542
Not stated
1,8687.17.01,8877.36.7-19

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, City of Knox: 21.4% Anglican, City of Knox: 9.4% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 3.4% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 3.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.2% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.8% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.4% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.1% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 1.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Ferntree Gully: 21.7% Anglican, Ferntree Gully: 10.8% Christian,nfd, Ferntree Gully: 3.4% Uniting Church, Ferntree Gully: 3.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Ferntree Gully: 2.4% Buddhism, Ferntree Gully: 2.4% Baptist, Ferntree Gully: 2.1% Hinduism, Ferntree Gully: 1.3% Greek Orthodox, Ferntree Gully: 1.3% Pentecostal, Ferntree Gully: 1.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Ferntree Gully: -855 Anglican, Ferntree Gully: -1,006 Christian,nfd, Ferntree Gully: +177 Uniting Church, Ferntree Gully: -194 Presbyterian and Reformed, Ferntree Gully: -91 Buddhism, Ferntree Gully: +62 Baptist, Ferntree Gully: -15 Hinduism, Ferntree Gully: +156 Greek Orthodox, Ferntree Gully: +9 Pentecostal, Ferntree Gully: -110
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 Ferntree Gully in 2016 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, 53.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 37.8% said they had no religion, compared with 58.5% and 33.8% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Ferntree Gully was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.7% of the population or 5,726 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 (10.8% compared to 9.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.4% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (1.3% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-1,006 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-855 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-194 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+177 persons)
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