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Dandenong Foothills Policy Area

Religion

In Dandenong Foothills Policy Area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+752) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Dandenong Foothills Policy Area'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.

Dandenong Foothills Policy Area'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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic7,21324.825.46,83223.925.7+381
Anglican4,28414.712.94,47515.613.9-191
Uniting Church1,1524.04.31,2774.54.8-125
Christian,nfd8552.92.75521.91.8+304
Presbyterian and Reformed7682.62.87702.72.7-2
Baptist6722.32.66462.32.3+26
Lutheran4021.41.04051.41.0-3
Pentecostal3901.32.12991.01.9+91
Buddhism3691.33.62240.82.9+145
Greek Orthodox2921.02.22751.02.2+17
Islam2070.71.21040.41.0+103
Churches of Christ1440.50.41310.50.5+12
Salvation Army1220.40.41500.50.4-29
Hinduism1150.42.0590.21.4+56
Jehova's Witnesses900.30.2800.30.2+9
Other Protestant810.30.3860.30.3-5
Seventh Day Adventist780.30.3810.30.3-3
Other Christian770.30.2510.20.2+26
Brethren730.30.2720.30.2+1
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)680.20.4690.20.40
Christadelphian460.20.1310.10.1+15
Judaism420.10.1260.10.1+16
Other Non-Christian Religions400.10.2230.10.1+17
Russian Orthodox320.10.1240.10.1+8
Wiccan/Witchcraft300.10.0140.00.1+16
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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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total16,91558.059.416,37457.259.9+541
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total8953.18.05622.06.2+333
Non-classifiable religious belief
3441.20.93351.20.8+9
map this data in atlas.idNo religion8,64529.725.17,89327.622.9+752
Not stated
2,3438.06.73,43712.010.3-1,094

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% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 4.3% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 2.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.8% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.6% Lutheran, City of Knox: 1.0% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 2.1% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 24.8% Anglican, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 14.7% Uniting Church, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 4.0% Christian,nfd, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 2.6% Baptist, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 2.3% Lutheran, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.4% Pentecostal, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.3% Buddhism, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.3% Greek Orthodox, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.0%
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, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +381 Anglican, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -191 Uniting Church, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -125 Christian,nfd, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +304 Presbyterian and Reformed, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -2 Baptist, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +26 Lutheran, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -3 Pentecostal, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +91 Buddhism, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +145 Greek Orthodox, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area in 2011 compared to the City of Knox shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 61.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.7% said they had no religion, compared with 67.4% and 25.1% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.8% of the population or 7,213 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Dandenong Foothills Policy Area and the City of Knox were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (14.7% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.3% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.4% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.0% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+381 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+304 persons)
  • Anglican (-191 persons)
  • Buddhism (+145 persons)