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In Wantirna, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+387) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

Wantirna'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.

Wantirna'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
Wantirna - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic3,26023.725.43,37024.225.7-110
Anglican1,56611.412.91,85313.313.9-288
Uniting Church7375.44.39276.64.8-190
Buddhism7245.33.65814.22.9+143
Baptist4713.42.63862.82.3+85
Presbyterian and Reformed4273.12.84203.02.7+6
Greek Orthodox4012.92.23612.62.2+40
Christian,nfd3822.82.73082.21.8+74
Hinduism3792.82.01821.31.4+196
Pentecostal2682.02.12511.81.9+17
Islam1601.21.21300.91.0+30
Lutheran1020.71.01040.71.0-2
Churches of Christ980.70.4770.60.5+21
Other Protestant680.50.3570.40.3+11
Serbian Orthodox630.50.2630.50.2-1
Seventh Day Adventist550.40.3400.30.3+15
Sikhism550.40.4560.40.3-1
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)520.40.4850.60.4-33
Salvation Army410.30.4380.30.4+3
Jehova's Witnesses390.30.2360.30.2+3
Other Non-Christian Religions290.20.2260.20.1+3
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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
Wantirna - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total8,12459.259.48,50361.059.9-379
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,41410.38.01,0277.46.2+387
Non-classifiable religious belief
1010.70.9880.60.8+13
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,31024.125.12,92621.022.9+383
Not stated
7805.76.71,39810.010.3-618

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% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.2% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 2.7% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.0% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 2.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Wantirna: 23.7% Anglican, Wantirna: 11.4% Uniting Church, Wantirna: 5.4% Buddhism, Wantirna: 5.3% Baptist, Wantirna: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Wantirna: 3.1% Greek Orthodox, Wantirna: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Wantirna: 2.8% Hinduism, Wantirna: 2.8% Pentecostal, Wantirna: 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, Wantirna: -110 Anglican, Wantirna: -288 Uniting Church, Wantirna: -190 Buddhism, Wantirna: +143 Baptist, Wantirna: +85 Presbyterian and Reformed, Wantirna: +6 Greek Orthodox, Wantirna: +40 Christian,nfd, Wantirna: +74 Hinduism, Wantirna: +196 Pentecostal, Wantirna: +17
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 Wantirna 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, 69.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.1% said they had no religion, compared with 67.4% and 25.1% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Wantirna was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.7% of the population or 3,260 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (5.3% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (5.4% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.7% compared to 25.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (11.4% compared to 12.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-288 persons)
  • Hinduism (+196 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-190 persons)
  • Buddhism (+143 persons)