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In Rowville, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+851) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Rowville - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic10,33230.425.410,48331.025.7-151
Anglican3,88511.412.94,09912.113.9-215
Buddhism1,5124.43.61,4204.22.9+92
Uniting Church1,3904.14.31,5174.54.8-127
Greek Orthodox1,1753.52.21,1243.32.2+51
Hinduism8112.42.06251.81.4+186
Presbyterian and Reformed8032.42.87792.32.7+24
Baptist7682.32.66812.02.3+87
Christian,nfd7232.12.74801.41.8+243
Islam7152.11.26932.01.0+22
Pentecostal6892.02.16752.01.9+14
Coptic Orthodox2760.80.32200.60.2+57
Sikhism2180.60.41570.50.3+61
Lutheran1580.51.01780.51.0-20
Other Eastern Orthodox1410.40.21400.40.2+1
Churches of Christ1180.30.4950.30.5+23
Armenian Apostolic1140.30.11230.40.1-9
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1070.30.4850.30.4+22
Salvation Army1040.30.41060.30.4-2
Other Protestant990.30.3840.20.3+15
Seventh Day Adventist860.30.3810.20.3+5
Serbian Orthodox740.20.2930.30.2-19
Baha'i660.20.1690.20.1-3
Jehova's Witnesses530.20.2540.20.2-1
Other Non-Christian Religions520.20.2210.10.1+31
Macedonian Orthodox420.10.1590.20.1-17
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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
Rowville - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total21,27362.559.421,24962.859.9+24
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,46710.28.03,0549.06.2+413
Non-classifiable religious belief
2100.60.91660.50.8+44
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,13721.025.16,28618.622.9+851
Not stated
1,9245.76.73,0839.110.3-1,160

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.2% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.8% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.6% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 2.7% Islam, City of Knox: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Rowville: 30.4% Anglican, Rowville: 11.4% Buddhism, Rowville: 4.4% Uniting Church, Rowville: 4.1% Greek Orthodox, Rowville: 3.5% Hinduism, Rowville: 2.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Rowville: 2.4% Baptist, Rowville: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Rowville: 2.1% Islam, Rowville: 2.1%
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, Rowville: -151 Anglican, Rowville: -215 Buddhism, Rowville: +92 Uniting Church, Rowville: -127 Greek Orthodox, Rowville: +51 Hinduism, Rowville: +186 Presbyterian and Reformed, Rowville: +24 Baptist, Rowville: +87 Christian,nfd, Rowville: +243 Islam, Rowville: +22
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 Rowville 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, 72.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 21.0% said they had no religion, compared with 67.4% and 25.1% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Rowville was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 30.4% of the population or 10,332 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 (30.4% compared to 25.4%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.5% compared to 2.2%)
  • 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 Rowville between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Christian,nfd (+243 persons)
  • Anglican (-215 persons)
  • Hinduism (+186 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-151 persons)