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In Doncaster East, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,936) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Doncaster East - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Manningham %Number%City of Manningham %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic5,13718.122.36,13022.926.2-994
Greek Orthodox2,1847.78.12,4349.19.4-250
Anglican1,8046.47.32,3648.89.9-560
Buddhism1,4835.24.01,5675.84.2-83
Baptist9203.22.39023.42.6+18
Christian,nfd8723.12.76342.42.1+238
Islam8633.02.27862.92.1+76
Uniting Church8022.82.91,0093.84.0-207
Hinduism5832.11.53711.41.2+212
Presbyterian and Reformed5692.01.96042.32.3-35
Pentecostal3961.41.23831.41.1+13
Other Protestant2861.00.71780.70.5+108
Sikhism1920.70.51160.40.4+76
Coptic Orthodox1670.60.51310.50.5+36
Lutheran1110.40.51940.70.8-82
Baha'i930.30.31090.40.3-16
Churches of Christ870.30.31030.40.4-16
Macedonian Orthodox770.30.3650.20.4+12
Judaism600.20.31100.40.5-50
Jehova's Witnesses590.20.1460.20.1+13
Salvation Army410.10.1530.20.2-12
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)390.10.1330.10.1+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
Doncaster East - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Manningham %Number%City of Manningham %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total13,73348.452.215,67558.562.1-1,942
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,29911.69.13,10911.69.0+190
Non-classifiable religious belief
930.30.51630.60.6-70
map this data in atlas.idNo religion9,13932.230.96,20423.222.1+2,936
Not stated
1,9416.87.31,6376.16.3+305

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 Manningham: 22.3% Greek Orthodox, City of Manningham: 8.1% Anglican, City of Manningham: 7.3% Buddhism, City of Manningham: 4.0% Baptist, City of Manningham: 2.3% Christian,nfd, City of Manningham: 2.7% Islam, City of Manningham: 2.2% Uniting Church, City of Manningham: 2.9% Hinduism, City of Manningham: 1.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Manningham: 1.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Doncaster East: 18.1% Greek Orthodox, Doncaster East: 7.7% Anglican, Doncaster East: 6.4% Buddhism, Doncaster East: 5.2% Baptist, Doncaster East: 3.2% Christian,nfd, Doncaster East: 3.1% Islam, Doncaster East: 3.0% Uniting Church, Doncaster East: 2.8% Hinduism, Doncaster East: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Doncaster East: 2.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Doncaster East: -994 Greek Orthodox, Doncaster East: -250 Anglican, Doncaster East: -560 Buddhism, Doncaster East: -83 Baptist, Doncaster East: +18 Christian,nfd, Doncaster East: +238 Islam, Doncaster East: +76 Uniting Church, Doncaster East: -207 Hinduism, Doncaster East: +212 Presbyterian and Reformed, Doncaster East: -35
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 Doncaster East in 2016 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, 60.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 32.2% said they had no religion, compared with 61.3% and 30.9% respectively for City of Manningham.

The largest single religion in Doncaster East was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 18.1% of the population or 5,137 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 (5.2% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (18.1% compared to 22.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-994 persons)
  • Anglican (-560 persons)
  • Greek Orthodox (-250 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+238 persons)
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