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In Rowville, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-3,318) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

Rowville'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.

Rowville'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
Rowville - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic8,94226.621.410,33230.425.4-1,390
Greek Orthodox1,1093.32.11,1743.52.2-65
Uniting Church1,0463.13.21,3894.14.3-343
Presbyterian and Reformed6381.92.28032.42.8-164
Coptic Orthodox2240.70.32760.80.3-52
Other Protestant1620.50.6980.30.3+64
Armenian Apostolic1310.40.11140.30.1+17
Churches of Christ880.30.31180.30.4-30
Salvation Army560.20.31040.30.4-48
Serbian Orthodox540.20.2740.20.2-20
Other Non-Christian Religions500.10.1520.20.2-2
Seventh Day Adventist470.10.3860.30.3-39
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)440.10.31070.30.4-63
Jehova's Witnesses410.10.2530.20.2-12
Other Eastern Orthodox380.10.11410.40.2-103
Macedonian Orthodox350.10.1420.10.1-7
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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
Rowville - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total17,95553.349.921,27362.559.4-3,318
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,55110.58.63,46610.28.0+85
Non-classifiable religious belief
map this data in atlas.idNo religion9,75929.033.87,13721.025.1+2,622
Not stated

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.1% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 3.2% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.6% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.2% Islam, City of Knox: 1.1% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Rowville: 26.6% Anglican, Rowville: 8.8% Buddhism, Rowville: 4.6% Greek Orthodox, Rowville: 3.3% Uniting Church, Rowville: 3.1% Hinduism, Rowville: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Rowville: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Rowville: 1.9% Islam, Rowville: 1.8% Baptist, Rowville: 1.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Rowville: -1,390 Anglican, Rowville: -938 Buddhism, Rowville: +34 Greek Orthodox, Rowville: -65 Uniting Church, Rowville: -343 Hinduism, Rowville: +177 Christian,nfd, Rowville: +225 Presbyterian and Reformed, Rowville: -164 Islam, Rowville: -96 Baptist, Rowville: -180
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Rowville 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, 63.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.0% said they had no religion, compared with 58.5% and 33.8% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Rowville was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.6% of the population or 8,942 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.6% compared to 21.4%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.3% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,390 persons)
  • Anglican (-938 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-343 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+225 persons)