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In Upper Ferntree Gully, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+54) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Upper 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.

Upper 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
Upper Ferntree Gully - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic55322.325.455322.425.70
Anglican39515.912.941116.613.9-16
Uniting Church1054.24.31285.24.8-23
Presbyterian and Reformed783.12.8652.62.7+13
Christian,nfd502.02.7431.71.8+7
Baptist381.52.6592.42.3-21
Lutheran321.31.0311.31.0+1
Pentecostal271.12.1160.61.9+11
Buddhism271.13.6170.72.9+10
Greek Orthodox220.92.2281.12.2-6

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
Upper 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 total1,34354.059.41,37155.559.9-28
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total492.08.0411.76.2+8
Non-classifiable religious belief
381.50.9271.10.8+11
map this data in atlas.idNo religion80032.225.174630.222.9+54
Not stated
25510.36.728411.510.3-29

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% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.6% Lutheran, City of Knox: 1.0% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 2.1% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Upper Ferntree Gully: 22.3% Anglican, Upper Ferntree Gully: 15.9% Uniting Church, Upper Ferntree Gully: 4.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Upper Ferntree Gully: 3.1% Christian,nfd, Upper Ferntree Gully: 2.0% Baptist, Upper Ferntree Gully: 1.5% Lutheran, Upper Ferntree Gully: 1.3% Pentecostal, Upper Ferntree Gully: 1.1% Buddhism, Upper Ferntree Gully: 1.1% Greek Orthodox, Upper Ferntree Gully: 0.9%
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, Upper Ferntree Gully: 0 Anglican, Upper Ferntree Gully: -16 Uniting Church, Upper Ferntree Gully: -23 Presbyterian and Reformed, Upper Ferntree Gully: +13 Christian,nfd, Upper Ferntree Gully: +7 Baptist, Upper Ferntree Gully: -21 Lutheran, Upper Ferntree Gully: +1 Pentecostal, Upper Ferntree Gully: +11 Buddhism, Upper Ferntree Gully: +10 Greek Orthodox, Upper Ferntree Gully: -6
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 Upper 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, 56.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 32.2% said they had no religion, compared with 67.4% and 25.1% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Upper Ferntree Gully was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.3% of the population or 553 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (15.9% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.3% compared to 25.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.1% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (0.9% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

There were no major differences in Upper Ferntree Gully between 2006 and 2011.