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In Wantirna South, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-487) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Wantirna South'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 South'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 South - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic3,95322.225.44,33224.125.7-379
Anglican2,03911.512.92,22112.413.9-182
Buddhism1,0696.03.69165.12.9+153
Uniting Church8004.54.39755.44.8-175
Hinduism7734.32.06213.51.4+152
Pentecostal7314.12.17184.01.9+13
Christian,nfd5613.22.73702.11.8+191
Greek Orthodox5573.12.25603.12.2-3
Baptist5333.02.65082.82.3+25
Presbyterian and Reformed4862.72.85032.82.7-17
Islam2021.11.21841.01.0+18
Lutheran1971.11.02131.21.0-16
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1961.10.41911.10.4+5
Other Protestant1360.80.3730.40.3+63
Sikhism1270.70.41070.60.3+20
Churches of Christ1050.60.41120.60.5-7
Salvation Army790.40.4710.40.4+8
Seventh Day Adventist540.30.3520.30.3+2
Baha'i420.20.1380.20.1+4
Serbian Orthodox370.20.2520.30.2-15
Other Non-Christian Religions340.20.2520.30.1-18
Other Eastern Orthodox320.20.2320.20.20
Jehova's Witnesses270.20.2300.20.2-3
Spiritualism270.20.1190.10.1+8
Armenian Apostolic250.10.1250.10.10
Other Christian210.10.2190.10.2+2
Brethren200.10.2270.20.2-7
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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 South - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total10,64559.959.411,13262.159.9-487
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,31813.08.01,97711.06.2+341
Non-classifiable religious belief
980.60.9890.50.8+9
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,64920.525.13,29918.422.9+350
Not stated
1,0646.06.71,4428.010.3-378

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% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.6% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 4.3% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.0% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 2.1% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 2.7% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.2% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Wantirna South: 22.2% Anglican, Wantirna South: 11.5% Buddhism, Wantirna South: 6.0% Uniting Church, Wantirna South: 4.5% Hinduism, Wantirna South: 4.3% Pentecostal, Wantirna South: 4.1% Christian,nfd, Wantirna South: 3.2% Greek Orthodox, Wantirna South: 3.1% Baptist, Wantirna South: 3.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Wantirna South: 2.7%
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 South: -379 Anglican, Wantirna South: -182 Buddhism, Wantirna South: +153 Uniting Church, Wantirna South: -175 Hinduism, Wantirna South: +152 Pentecostal, Wantirna South: +13 Christian,nfd, Wantirna South: +191 Greek Orthodox, Wantirna South: -3 Baptist, Wantirna South: +25 Presbyterian and Reformed, Wantirna South: -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 South 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, 72.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 20.5% said they had no religion, compared with 67.4% and 25.1% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Wantirna South was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.2% of the population or 3,953 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (6.0% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (4.3% compared to 2.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Pentecostal (4.1% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.2% compared to 25.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-379 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+191 persons)
  • Anglican (-182 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-175 persons)