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In the City of Melton, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+11,231) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Melton'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 Melton'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 Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic44,34832.723.240,15236.727.1+4,196
Anglican8,7736.57.610,0059.210.8-1,232
Islam5,4244.04.24,1263.83.6+1,298
Christian,nfd5,0493.72.62,0791.91.9+2,970
Hinduism3,6902.72.92,0771.92.0+1,613
Greek Orthodox3,6442.73.53,2573.04.0+387
Buddhism3,6172.73.83,0452.84.0+572
Sikhism2,5391.91.19330.90.7+1,606
Uniting Church2,5131.92.33,0012.73.4-488
Pentecostal2,0291.50.91,3001.20.9+729
Macedonian Orthodox1,7091.30.41,4921.40.5+217
Presbyterian and Reformed1,6871.21.61,7921.62.1-105
Baptist1,4311.11.31,2241.11.5+207
Coptic Orthodox8700.60.25310.50.2+339
Jehova's Witnesses6770.50.26680.60.3+9
Other Protestant6630.50.44640.40.3+199
Serbian Orthodox5790.40.24910.40.3+88
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5270.40.23540.30.2+173
Seventh Day Adventist4790.40.23030.30.2+176
Other Oriental Orthodox4500.30.12150.20.1+235
Lutheran4120.30.35560.50.6-144
Other Eastern Catholic1800.10.2540.00.1+126
Salvation Army1690.10.12320.20.2-63
Brethren1600.10.01470.10.1+13
Other Eastern Orthodox1530.10.11,4201.30.5-1,267
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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 Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total76,89256.846.370,19364.255.8+6,699
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total15,71711.613.210,5499.711.8+5,168
Non-classifiable religious belief
7250.50.67420.70.9-17
map this data in atlas.idNo religion29,92022.131.318,68917.123.5+11,231
Not stated
12,2029.08.69,0858.38.1+3,117

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% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Sikhism, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Melton: 32.7% Anglican, City of Melton: 6.5% Islam, City of Melton: 4.0% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 3.7% Hinduism, City of Melton: 2.7% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 2.7% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.7% Sikhism, City of Melton: 1.9% Uniting Church, City of Melton: 1.9% Pentecostal, City of Melton: 1.5%
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, City of Melton: +4,196 Anglican, City of Melton: -1,232 Islam, City of Melton: +1,298 Christian,nfd, City of Melton: +2,970 Hinduism, City of Melton: +1,613 Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: +387 Buddhism, City of Melton: +572 Sikhism, City of Melton: +1,606 Uniting Church, City of Melton: -488 Pentecostal, City of Melton: +729
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 Melton in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 68.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.1% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Melton was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.7% of the population or 44,348 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (32.7% compared to 23.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Christian,nfd (3.7% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.7% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (6.5% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+4,196 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+2,970 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,613 persons)
  • Sikhism (+1,606 persons)
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