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In Rowville (Central), the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+329) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Rowville (Central)'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.

Rowville (Central)'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
Rowville (Central) - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic4,56730.025.44,68730.025.7-120
Anglican1,69911.112.91,83511.813.9-136
Uniting Church6944.64.37684.94.8-74
Buddhism6544.33.66544.22.90
Greek Orthodox5553.62.25413.52.2+14
Baptist4152.72.63302.12.3+85
Christian,nfd3512.32.72451.61.8+106
Presbyterian and Reformed3442.32.83992.62.7-55
Hinduism3302.22.02491.61.4+81
Islam3202.11.22981.91.0+22
Pentecostal2671.82.12831.81.9-16
Coptic Orthodox1050.70.31070.70.2-2
Sikhism1010.70.4510.30.3+50
Armenian Apostolic810.50.1810.50.10
Churches of Christ680.40.4440.30.5+24
Lutheran650.41.0780.51.0-13
Other Eastern Orthodox580.40.2760.50.2-18
Other Protestant570.40.3510.30.3+6
Salvation Army480.30.4500.30.4-2
Baha'i450.30.1480.30.1-3
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)410.30.4280.20.4+13
Jehova's Witnesses380.20.2280.20.2+10
Serbian Orthodox370.20.2510.30.2-14
Seventh Day Adventist280.20.3320.20.3-4
Chinese and Japanese Religions220.10.050.00.0+17
Other Christian200.10.2190.10.2+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
Rowville (Central) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total9,58162.859.49,77962.759.9-198
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,52410.08.01,3488.66.2+176
Non-classifiable religious belief
1230.80.9870.60.8+36
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,15520.725.12,82618.122.9+329
Not stated
8635.76.71,56710.010.3-704

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% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.2% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.6% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 2.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.8% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.0% Islam, City of Knox: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Rowville (Central): 30.0% Anglican, Rowville (Central): 11.1% Uniting Church, Rowville (Central): 4.6% Buddhism, Rowville (Central): 4.3% Greek Orthodox, Rowville (Central): 3.6% Baptist, Rowville (Central): 2.7% Christian,nfd, Rowville (Central): 2.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Rowville (Central): 2.3% Hinduism, Rowville (Central): 2.2% Islam, Rowville (Central): 2.1%
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, Rowville (Central): -120 Anglican, Rowville (Central): -136 Uniting Church, Rowville (Central): -74 Buddhism, Rowville (Central): 0 Greek Orthodox, Rowville (Central): +14 Baptist, Rowville (Central): +85 Christian,nfd, Rowville (Central): +106 Presbyterian and Reformed, Rowville (Central): -55 Hinduism, Rowville (Central): +81 Islam, Rowville (Central): +22
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 Rowville (Central) in 2011 compared to the City of Knox shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 72.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 20.7% said they had no religion, compared with 67.4% and 25.1% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Rowville (Central) was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 30.0% of the population or 4,567 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Rowville (Central) and the City of Knox were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (30.0% compared to 25.4%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.6% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (11.1% compared to 12.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Rowville (Central) between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-136 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-120 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+106 persons)
  • Baptist (+85 persons)