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Dandenong Foothills Policy Area

Religion

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In Dandenong Foothills Policy Area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,053) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic6,21721.021.47,22624.825.4-1,009
Anglican3,26511.09.44,28914.712.9-1,024
Christian,nfd1,0143.43.48562.92.7+159
Uniting Church8682.93.21,1534.04.3-285
Baptist6492.22.46722.32.6-23
Presbyterian and Reformed6102.12.27682.62.8-158
Buddhism4131.43.83691.33.6+43
Pentecostal3211.11.83911.32.1-70
Greek Orthodox3071.02.12911.02.2+15
Hinduism1950.72.61150.42.0+79
Lutheran1890.60.64021.41.0-213
Islam1490.51.12070.71.2-58
Brethren950.30.1730.30.2+22
Jehova's Witnesses910.30.2890.30.2+1
Other Protestant890.30.6800.30.3+9
Salvation Army860.30.31210.40.4-35
Churches of Christ810.30.31440.50.4-63
Seventh Day Adventist730.20.3780.30.3-5
Sikhism630.20.5190.10.4+44
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)610.20.3680.20.4-7
Other Christian350.10.2770.30.2-42
Christadelphian260.10.1460.20.1-20
Russian Orthodox240.10.1310.10.1-7
Coptic Orthodox210.10.3170.10.3+5
Judaism190.10.1410.10.1-23
Paganism150.10.0210.10.1-5
Serbian Orthodox140.10.2230.10.2-9
Spiritualism120.00.1260.10.1-14
Other Eastern Orthodox120.00.1180.10.2-6
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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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total14,17147.949.916,94058.059.4-2,769
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total8953.08.68963.18.0-1
Non-classifiable religious belief
2841.00.73441.20.9-61
map this data in atlas.idNo religion11,71239.633.88,65829.725.1+3,053
Not stated
2,3838.17.02,3458.06.7+38

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% Christian,nfd, City of Knox: 3.4% Uniting Church, City of Knox: 3.2% Baptist, City of Knox: 2.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Knox: 2.2% Buddhism, City of Knox: 3.8% Pentecostal, City of Knox: 1.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Knox: 2.1% Hinduism, City of Knox: 2.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 21.0% Anglican, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 11.0% Christian,nfd, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 3.4% Uniting Church, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 2.9% Baptist, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 2.1% Buddhism, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.4% Pentecostal, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.1% Greek Orthodox, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.0% Hinduism, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -1,009 Anglican, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -1,024 Christian,nfd, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +159 Uniting Church, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -285 Baptist, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -23 Presbyterian and Reformed, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -158 Buddhism, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +43 Pentecostal, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -70 Greek Orthodox, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +15 Hinduism, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +79
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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area in 2016 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, 50.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.6% said they had no religion, compared with 58.5% and 33.8% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest single religion in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.0% of the population or 6,217 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 (11.0% compared to 9.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.4% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.7% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.0% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-1,024 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,009 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-285 persons)
  • Lutheran (-213 persons)
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