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In Caroline Springs, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,434) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Caroline Springs - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic8,36834.632.78,04339.436.7+325
Islam1,5166.34.01,1685.73.8+348
Christian,nfd1,0144.23.74922.41.9+521
Buddhism9313.82.78764.32.8+55
Hinduism8893.72.77323.61.9+156
Anglican8473.56.51,1535.79.2-307
Greek Orthodox7613.12.77203.53.0+41
Pentecostal5752.41.53111.51.2+263
Sikhism4872.01.92371.20.9+249
Macedonian Orthodox3661.51.33091.51.4+56
Uniting Church2741.11.93671.82.7-94
Coptic Orthodox2351.00.61590.80.5+76
Presbyterian and Reformed2240.91.22361.21.6-13
Baptist1870.81.12261.11.1-39
Other Oriental Orthodox1830.80.31110.50.2+72
Other Protestant1780.70.51380.70.4+40
Serbian Orthodox1260.50.41180.60.4+8
Jehova's Witnesses1200.50.51350.70.6-15
Seventh Day Adventist800.30.4630.30.3+17
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)630.30.4460.20.3+17
Other Non-Christian Religions440.20.1190.10.1+25
Other Eastern Catholic420.20.190.00.0+33
Lutheran270.10.3640.30.5-37
Churches of Christ250.10.1590.30.2-34
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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
Caroline Springs - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total13,72556.756.813,15864.564.2+567
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,90716.111.63,09215.29.7+815
Non-classifiable religious belief
1120.50.5810.40.7+31
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,32017.922.12,88514.117.1+1,434
Not stated
1,9318.09.01,1855.88.3+746

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 Melton: 32.7% Islam, City of Melton: 4.0% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 3.7% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.7% Hinduism, City of Melton: 2.7% Anglican, City of Melton: 6.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 2.7% Pentecostal, City of Melton: 1.5% Sikhism, City of Melton: 1.9% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Melton: 1.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Caroline Springs: 34.6% Islam, Caroline Springs: 6.3% Christian,nfd, Caroline Springs: 4.2% Buddhism, Caroline Springs: 3.8% Hinduism, Caroline Springs: 3.7% Anglican, Caroline Springs: 3.5% Greek Orthodox, Caroline Springs: 3.1% Pentecostal, Caroline Springs: 2.4% Sikhism, Caroline Springs: 2.0% Macedonian Orthodox, Caroline Springs: 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, Caroline Springs: +325 Islam, Caroline Springs: +348 Christian,nfd, Caroline Springs: +521 Buddhism, Caroline Springs: +55 Hinduism, Caroline Springs: +156 Anglican, Caroline Springs: -307 Greek Orthodox, Caroline Springs: +41 Pentecostal, Caroline Springs: +263 Sikhism, Caroline Springs: +249 Macedonian Orthodox, Caroline Springs: +56
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 Caroline Springs in 2016 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, 72.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 17.9% said they had no religion, compared with 68.4% and 22.1% respectively for City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Caroline Springs was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 34.6% of the population or 8,368 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 Islam (6.3% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (34.6% compared to 32.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (3.8% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (3.5% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Christian,nfd (+521 persons)
  • Islam (+348 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+325 persons)
  • Anglican (-307 persons)
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