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In Caroline Springs, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+5,315) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Caroline Springs'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.

Caroline Springs'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
Caroline Springs - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic8,04339.436.74,78239.837.3+3,260
Islam1,1685.73.86195.22.8+549
Anglican1,1535.79.26825.710.5+472
Buddhism8764.32.84083.42.0+467
Hinduism7323.61.92412.00.9+491
Greek Orthodox7203.53.04723.93.1+247
Christian,nfd4922.41.92091.71.4+283
Uniting Church3671.82.72422.03.3+126
Other Eastern Orthodox3291.61.31981.71.2+130
Pentecostal3111.51.21681.40.9+143
Macedonian Orthodox3091.51.42051.71.2+105
Sikhism2371.20.91000.80.4+137
Presbyterian and Reformed2361.21.61601.32.0+77
Baptist2261.11.11561.31.1+70
Coptic Orthodox1590.80.5710.60.3+87
Other Protestant1380.70.4990.80.4+39
Jehova's Witnesses1350.70.6770.60.7+57
Serbian Orthodox1180.60.4850.70.5+33
Other Oriental Orthodox1110.50.2520.40.1+59
Lutheran640.30.5260.20.6+38
Seventh Day Adventist630.30.3330.30.2+29
Churches of Christ590.30.2400.30.1+18
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)460.20.3230.20.4+23
Baha'i280.10.0100.10.0+18
Other Christian240.10.160.10.1+17
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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
Caroline Springs - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total13,15864.564.27,84365.366.1+5,315
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,09215.29.71,42211.86.3+1,670
Non-classifiable religious belief
810.40.7380.30.5+43
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,88514.117.11,58113.216.5+1,304
Not stated
1,1855.88.31,1209.310.7+65

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 Melton: 36.7% Islam, City of Melton: 3.8% Anglican, City of Melton: 9.2% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.8% Hinduism, City of Melton: 1.9% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 3.0% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 1.9% Uniting Church, City of Melton: 2.7% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Melton: 1.3% Pentecostal, City of Melton: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Caroline Springs: 39.4% Islam, Caroline Springs: 5.7% Anglican, Caroline Springs: 5.7% Buddhism, Caroline Springs: 4.3% Hinduism, Caroline Springs: 3.6% Greek Orthodox, Caroline Springs: 3.5% Christian,nfd, Caroline Springs: 2.4% Uniting Church, Caroline Springs: 1.8% Other Eastern Orthodox, Caroline Springs: 1.6% Pentecostal, Caroline Springs: 1.5%
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, Caroline Springs: +3,260 Islam, Caroline Springs: +549 Anglican, Caroline Springs: +472 Buddhism, Caroline Springs: +467 Hinduism, Caroline Springs: +491 Greek Orthodox, Caroline Springs: +247 Christian,nfd, Caroline Springs: +283 Uniting Church, Caroline Springs: +126 Other Eastern Orthodox, Caroline Springs: +130 Pentecostal, Caroline Springs: +143
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 Caroline Springs in 2011 compared to City of Melton shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 79.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 14.1% said they had no religion, compared with 73.9% and 17.1% respectively for City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Caroline Springs was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 39.4% of the population or 8,043 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Caroline Springs and City of Melton were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (39.4% compared to 36.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (5.7% compared to 3.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (3.6% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (5.7% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+3,260 persons)
  • Islam (+549 persons)
  • Hinduism (+491 persons)
  • Anglican (+472 persons)
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