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In the City of Maroondah, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+11,426) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Maroondah'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.

The City of Maroondah'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
City of Maroondah - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic21,97319.923.223,44022.627.1-1,467
Anglican11,10710.17.614,81914.310.8-3,712
Baptist4,6674.21.33,9483.81.5+719
Christian,nfd4,3353.92.63,3763.31.9+959
Uniting Church4,1783.82.35,4635.33.4-1,285
Presbyterian and Reformed2,3742.21.62,8842.82.1-510
Buddhism2,1301.93.81,9141.84.0+216
Pentecostal1,6031.50.91,5991.50.9+4
Hinduism1,4101.32.99250.92.0+485
Greek Orthodox1,1921.13.51,1551.14.0+37
Lutheran1,0501.00.31,6261.60.6-576
Islam6680.64.25940.63.6+74
Sikhism5770.51.14410.40.7+136
Churches of Christ5100.50.26800.70.2-170
Other Protestant5010.50.43270.30.3+174
Seventh Day Adventist4050.40.24280.40.2-23
Salvation Army3910.40.14320.40.2-41
Christadelphian2990.30.03100.30.0-11
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2970.30.22830.30.2+14
Jehova's Witnesses2140.20.22080.20.3+6
Baha'i1510.10.11010.10.1+50
Other Non-Christian Religions1400.10.11520.10.1-12
Other Christian1250.10.11850.20.1-60
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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
City of Maroondah - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total55,78650.546.361,73659.555.8-5,950
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5,4044.913.24,5314.411.8+873
Non-classifiable religious belief
7890.70.61,0211.00.9-232
map this data in atlas.idNo religion40,42436.631.328,99827.923.5+11,426
Not stated
7,9887.28.67,5507.38.1+438

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, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Maroondah: 19.9% Anglican, City of Maroondah: 10.1% Baptist, City of Maroondah: 4.2% Christian,nfd, City of Maroondah: 3.9% Uniting Church, City of Maroondah: 3.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Maroondah: 2.2% Buddhism, City of Maroondah: 1.9% Pentecostal, City of Maroondah: 1.5% Hinduism, City of Maroondah: 1.3% Greek Orthodox, City of Maroondah: 1.1%
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, City of Maroondah: -1,467 Anglican, City of Maroondah: -3,712 Baptist, City of Maroondah: +719 Christian,nfd, City of Maroondah: +959 Uniting Church, City of Maroondah: -1,285 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Maroondah: -510 Buddhism, City of Maroondah: +216 Pentecostal, City of Maroondah: +4 Hinduism, City of Maroondah: +485 Greek Orthodox, City of Maroondah: +37
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 the City of Maroondah in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 55.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 36.6% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Maroondah was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.9% of the population or 21,973 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Maroondah and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Baptist (4.2% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (10.1% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.6% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.9% compared to 23.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-3,712 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,467 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,285 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+959 persons)
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