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In Wantirna, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-1,319) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Wantirna - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,68619.321.43,25923.725.4-574
Anglican1,1688.49.41,56511.412.9-397
Buddhism7055.13.87245.33.6-19
Uniting Church5554.03.27375.44.3-182
Christian,nfd5163.73.43822.82.7+134
Baptist4223.02.44713.42.6-49
Hinduism4082.92.63782.82.0+29
Presbyterian and Reformed3752.72.24263.12.8-51
Greek Orthodox3472.52.14012.92.2-53
Pentecostal2211.61.82682.02.1-46
Islam1230.91.11601.21.2-37
Other Protestant1070.80.6680.50.3+40
Sikhism880.60.5550.40.4+33
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)650.50.3520.40.4+13
Lutheran610.40.61020.71.0-41
Serbian Orthodox460.30.2620.50.2-17
Salvation Army360.30.3410.30.4-5
Churches of Christ350.30.3980.70.4-63
Seventh Day Adventist340.20.3540.40.3-21
Jehova's Witnesses270.20.2390.30.2-12
Other Eastern Catholic250.20.130.00.0+22
Other Non-Christian Religions220.20.1290.20.2-7
Armenian Apostolic160.10.1130.10.1+3
Baha'i130.10.1180.10.1-5
Other Oriental Orthodox130.10.1160.10.0-3
Brethren120.10.1130.10.2-1
Judaism110.10.1180.10.1-7
Coptic Orthodox100.10.360.00.3+4
Chinese and Japanese Religions100.10.0160.10.0-6
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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
Wantirna - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total6,80549.049.98,12459.259.4-1,319
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,38610.08.61,41410.38.0-27
Non-classifiable religious belief
760.50.71010.70.9-25
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,59233.133.83,30924.125.1+1,283
Not stated
9256.77.07795.76.7+146

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% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.8% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 3.2% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 3.4% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.4% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.1% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 1.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Wantirna: 19.3% Anglican, Wantirna: 8.4% Buddhism, Wantirna: 5.1% Uniting Church, Wantirna: 4.0% Christian,nfd, Wantirna: 3.7% Baptist, Wantirna: 3.0% Hinduism, Wantirna: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Wantirna: 2.7% Greek Orthodox, Wantirna: 2.5% Pentecostal, Wantirna: 1.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Wantirna: -574 Anglican, Wantirna: -397 Buddhism, Wantirna: -19 Uniting Church, Wantirna: -182 Christian,nfd, Wantirna: +134 Baptist, Wantirna: -49 Hinduism, Wantirna: +29 Presbyterian and Reformed, Wantirna: -51 Greek Orthodox, Wantirna: -53 Pentecostal, Wantirna: -46
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 Wantirna in 2016 compared to the City of Knox shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 59.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 33.1% said they had no religion, compared with 58.5% and 33.8% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Wantirna was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.3% of the population or 2,686 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 (5.1% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.3% compared to 21.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (8.4% compared to 9.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-574 persons)
  • Anglican (-397 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-182 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+134 persons)
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