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In Wantirna South, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,002) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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 South - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic3,60718.621.43,95322.225.4-346
Anglican1,5838.29.42,03911.512.9-456
Buddhism1,1686.03.81,0686.03.6+100
Hinduism9424.92.67724.32.0+170
Christian,nfd8184.23.45603.22.7+258
Pentecostal7613.91.87304.12.1+31
Baptist6893.62.45323.02.6+157
Uniting Church6733.53.27994.54.3-126
Greek Orthodox5132.62.15573.12.2-44
Presbyterian and Reformed4712.42.24852.72.8-15
Islam2261.21.12011.11.2+25
Other Protestant1800.90.61350.80.3+44
Sikhism1440.70.51270.70.4+17
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1190.60.31961.10.4-77
Lutheran1050.50.61961.11.0-91
Churches of Christ930.50.31050.60.4-11
Seventh Day Adventist750.40.3530.30.3+22
Salvation Army460.20.3780.40.4-32
Coptic Orthodox360.20.3190.10.3+18
Serbian Orthodox240.10.2370.20.2-13
Other Non-Christian Religions230.10.1340.20.2-10
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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 South - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total9,90451.149.910,64559.959.4-741
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,55713.28.62,31713.08.0+240
Non-classifiable religious belief
350.20.7970.60.9-62
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,65029.233.83,64920.525.1+2,002
Not stated
1,1315.87.01,0646.06.7+67

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% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.6% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 3.4% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 1.8% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.4% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 3.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Wantirna South: 18.6% Anglican, Wantirna South: 8.2% Buddhism, Wantirna South: 6.0% Hinduism, Wantirna South: 4.9% Christian,nfd, Wantirna South: 4.2% Pentecostal, Wantirna South: 3.9% Baptist, Wantirna South: 3.6% Uniting Church, Wantirna South: 3.5% Greek Orthodox, Wantirna South: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Wantirna South: 2.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Wantirna South: -346 Anglican, Wantirna South: -456 Buddhism, Wantirna South: +100 Hinduism, Wantirna South: +170 Christian,nfd, Wantirna South: +258 Pentecostal, Wantirna South: +31 Baptist, Wantirna South: +157 Uniting Church, Wantirna South: -126 Greek Orthodox, Wantirna South: -44 Presbyterian and Reformed, Wantirna South: -15
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 South in 2016 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, 64.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.2% said they had no religion, compared with 58.5% and 33.8% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Wantirna South was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 18.6% of the population or 3,607 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 Hinduism (4.9% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (6.0% compared to 3.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Pentecostal (3.9% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (18.6% compared to 21.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-456 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-346 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+258 persons)
  • Hinduism (+170 persons)
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