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In the City of Melton, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+18,031) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
City of Melton - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic40,15236.727.129,45337.328.2+10,699
Anglican10,0059.210.88,26110.512.2+1,744
Islam4,1263.83.62,2332.82.8+1,893
Greek Orthodox3,2573.04.02,4243.14.3+833
Buddhism3,0452.84.01,5562.03.5+1,489
Uniting Church3,0012.73.42,6383.34.0+363
Christian,nfd2,0791.91.91,1201.41.4+959
Hinduism2,0771.92.06930.91.1+1,384
Presbyterian and Reformed1,7921.62.11,5672.02.3+225
Macedonian Orthodox1,4921.40.59341.20.6+558
Other Eastern Orthodox1,4201.30.59081.20.6+512
Pentecostal1,3001.20.97240.90.8+576
Baptist1,2241.11.58741.11.4+350
Sikhism9330.90.72900.40.2+643
Jehova's Witnesses6680.60.35710.70.3+97
Lutheran5560.50.64690.60.7+87
Coptic Orthodox5310.50.22460.30.1+285
Serbian Orthodox4910.40.34150.50.3+76
Other Protestant4640.40.33400.40.3+124
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)3540.30.22810.40.2+73
Seventh Day Adventist3030.30.21710.20.2+132
Salvation Army2320.20.21810.20.2+51
Other Oriental Orthodox2150.20.1920.10.0+123
Churches of Christ1670.20.21120.10.3+55
Brethren1470.10.11450.20.1+2
Other Christian1230.10.1680.10.1+55
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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
City of Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total70,19364.255.852,16266.159.0+18,031
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total10,5499.711.84,9546.39.1+5,595
Non-classifiable religious belief
7420.70.93910.50.8+351
map this data in atlas.idNo religion18,68917.123.512,99216.520.0+5,697
Not stated
9,0858.38.18,41210.711.1+673

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, Greater Melbourne: 27.1% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 10.8% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Macedonian Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 0.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Melton: 36.7% Anglican, City of Melton: 9.2% Islam, City of Melton: 3.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 3.0% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.8% Uniting Church, City of Melton: 2.7% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 1.9% Hinduism, City of Melton: 1.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Melton: 1.6% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Melton: 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, City of Melton: +10,699 Anglican, City of Melton: +1,744 Islam, City of Melton: +1,893 Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: +833 Buddhism, City of Melton: +1,489 Uniting Church, City of Melton: +363 Christian,nfd, City of Melton: +959 Hinduism, City of Melton: +1,384 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Melton: +225 Macedonian Orthodox, City of Melton: +558
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 the City of Melton in 2011 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, 73.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 17.1% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Melton was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 36.7% of the population or 40,152 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 (36.7% compared to 27.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (9.2% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.8% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.0% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+10,699 persons)
  • Islam (+1,893 persons)
  • Anglican (+1,744 persons)
  • Buddhism (+1,489 persons)