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In Doncaster East, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,199) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Doncaster East'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.

Doncaster East'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
Doncaster East - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Manningham %Number%City of Manningham %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic6,13122.926.26,47724.627.7-346
Greek Orthodox2,4349.19.42,4669.49.5-32
Anglican2,3648.89.92,78510.611.3-421
Buddhism1,5675.84.21,4335.43.7+134
Uniting Church1,0103.84.01,1994.54.6-189
Baptist9033.42.68723.32.4+30
Islam7872.92.16042.31.7+183
Christian,nfd6342.42.14661.81.6+168
Presbyterian and Reformed6052.32.36462.42.3-41
Pentecostal3831.41.13081.21.0+76
Hinduism3721.41.23571.41.1+14
Lutheran1940.70.82320.90.9-38
Other Protestant1780.70.51440.50.4+34
Coptic Orthodox1320.50.51550.60.4-24
Sikhism1170.40.4510.20.3+66
Judaism1110.40.51620.60.6-51
Baha'i1100.40.3910.30.3+18
Churches of Christ1030.40.41230.50.5-20
Other Eastern Orthodox920.30.4790.30.4+14
Macedonian Orthodox650.20.41070.40.4-41
Brethren580.20.1400.20.1+19
Serbian Orthodox540.20.1490.20.2+5
Salvation Army530.20.2780.30.2-25
Maronite Catholic510.20.2340.10.1+17
Jehova's Witnesses470.20.1510.20.1-5
Russian Orthodox340.10.1220.10.1+13
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)330.10.1430.20.1-9
Seventh Day Adventist310.10.1250.10.1+6
Armenian Apostolic300.10.1390.10.1-9
Other Non-Christian Religions290.10.1340.10.1-5
Other Oriental Orthodox280.10.180.00.1+20
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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
Doncaster East - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Manningham %Number%City of Manningham %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total15,67658.562.116,48562.564.9-809
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,10911.69.02,77610.57.8+333
Non-classifiable religious belief
1640.60.6970.40.5+67
map this data in atlas.idNo religion6,20423.222.15,00519.018.2+1,199
Not stated
1,6376.16.32,0017.68.7-363

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 Manningham: 26.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Manningham: 9.4% Anglican, City of Manningham: 9.9% Buddhism, City of Manningham: 4.2% Uniting Church, City of Manningham: 4.0% Baptist, City of Manningham: 2.6% Islam, City of Manningham: 2.1% Christian,nfd, City of Manningham: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Manningham: 2.3% Pentecostal, City of Manningham: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Doncaster East: 22.9% Greek Orthodox, Doncaster East: 9.1% Anglican, Doncaster East: 8.8% Buddhism, Doncaster East: 5.8% Uniting Church, Doncaster East: 3.8% Baptist, Doncaster East: 3.4% Islam, Doncaster East: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Doncaster East: 2.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Doncaster East: 2.3% Pentecostal, Doncaster East: 1.4%
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, Doncaster East: -346 Greek Orthodox, Doncaster East: -32 Anglican, Doncaster East: -421 Buddhism, Doncaster East: +134 Uniting Church, Doncaster East: -189 Baptist, Doncaster East: +30 Islam, Doncaster East: +183 Christian,nfd, Doncaster East: +168 Presbyterian and Reformed, Doncaster East: -41 Pentecostal, Doncaster East: +76
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 Doncaster East in 2011 compared to City of Manningham shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 70.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.2% said they had no religion, compared with 71.0% and 22.1% respectively for City of Manningham.

The largest single religion in Doncaster East was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.9% of the population or 6,131 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Doncaster East and City of Manningham were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (5.8% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.9% compared to 26.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (8.8% compared to 9.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Doncaster East between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-421 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-346 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-189 persons)
  • Islam (+183 persons)