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In Hillside, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,188) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Hillside'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.

Hillside'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
Hillside - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic6,87445.436.76,08646.037.3+788
Anglican9296.19.28676.610.5+62
Greek Orthodox9116.03.08636.53.1+48
Islam6694.43.85003.82.8+169
Macedonian Orthodox3732.51.43272.51.2+46
Other Eastern Orthodox3032.01.32571.91.2+46
Buddhism3022.02.82121.62.0+90
Hinduism2951.91.91481.10.9+147
Uniting Church2381.62.72331.83.3+5
Sikhism2101.40.9520.40.4+158
Christian,nfd2101.41.92171.61.4-7
Pentecostal1941.31.21170.90.9+77
Presbyterian and Reformed1581.01.61240.92.0+35
Jehova's Witnesses1400.90.61261.00.7+14
Baptist1370.91.11511.11.1-14
Coptic Orthodox1320.90.5850.60.3+47
Lutheran690.50.5640.50.6+5
Serbian Orthodox500.30.4600.50.5-10
Other Eastern Catholic490.30.0200.20.0+29
Other Protestant410.30.4750.60.4-34
Assyrian Apostolic380.30.0180.10.0+20
Churches of Christ310.20.2110.10.1+20
Seventh Day Adventist290.20.3260.20.2+3
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)240.20.3210.20.4+3
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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
Hillside - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total10,98772.564.29,79974.166.1+1,188
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,51010.09.79307.06.3+580
Non-classifiable religious belief
790.50.7350.30.5+44
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,72111.417.11,34610.216.5+375
Not stated
8535.68.31,1108.410.7-257

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% Anglican, City of Melton: 9.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 3.0% Islam, City of Melton: 3.8% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Melton: 1.4% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Melton: 1.3% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.8% Hinduism, City of Melton: 1.9% Uniting Church, City of Melton: 2.7% Sikhism, City of Melton: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Hillside: 45.4% Anglican, Hillside: 6.1% Greek Orthodox, Hillside: 6.0% Islam, Hillside: 4.4% Macedonian Orthodox, Hillside: 2.5% Other Eastern Orthodox, Hillside: 2.0% Buddhism, Hillside: 2.0% Hinduism, Hillside: 1.9% Uniting Church, Hillside: 1.6% Sikhism, Hillside: 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, Hillside: +788 Anglican, Hillside: +62 Greek Orthodox, Hillside: +48 Islam, Hillside: +169 Macedonian Orthodox, Hillside: +46 Other Eastern Orthodox, Hillside: +46 Buddhism, Hillside: +90 Hinduism, Hillside: +147 Uniting Church, Hillside: +5 Sikhism, Hillside: +158
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 Hillside in 2011 compared to the 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, 82.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 11.4% said they had no religion, compared with 73.9% and 17.1% respectively for the City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Hillside was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 45.4% of the population or 6,874 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (45.4% compared to 36.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (6.0% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (6.1% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (1.6% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+788 persons)
  • Islam (+169 persons)
  • Sikhism (+158 persons)
  • Hinduism (+147 persons)