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In Fraser Rise, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+2,198) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2016.

Fraser Rise'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.

Fraser Rise'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
Fraser Rise - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic1,47837.632.73348.136.7+1,444
Hinduism2235.72.700.01.9+224
Islam2235.74.0812.63.8+215
Sikhism1985.11.900.00.9+199
Christian,nfd1493.83.712.81.9+148
Buddhism1323.42.700.02.8+131
Greek Orthodox1243.22.700.03.0+125
Anglican992.56.534.79.2+97
Pentecostal852.21.500.01.2+85
Macedonian Orthodox631.61.346.11.4+59
Seventh Day Adventist340.90.400.00.3+35
Uniting Church290.81.912.82.7+28
Coptic Orthodox250.70.600.00.5+26
Other Oriental Orthodox240.60.300.00.2+24
Presbyterian and Reformed240.61.200.01.6+23
Other Protestant210.50.512.80.4+19
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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
Fraser Rise - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total2,24857.156.85071.564.2+2,198
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total79420.211.6914.09.7+785
Non-classifiable religious belief
210.50.500.00.7+20
map this data in atlas.idNo religion55614.122.123.717.1+554
Not stated
3218.29.069.38.3+315

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% Hinduism, City of Melton: 2.7% Sikhism, City of Melton: 1.9% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 3.7% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.7% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 2.7% Anglican, City of Melton: 6.5% Pentecostal, City of Melton: 1.5% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Melton: 1.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Fraser Rise: 37.6% Islam, Fraser Rise: 5.7% Hinduism, Fraser Rise: 5.7% Sikhism, Fraser Rise: 5.1% Christian,nfd, Fraser Rise: 3.8% Buddhism, Fraser Rise: 3.4% Greek Orthodox, Fraser Rise: 3.2% Anglican, Fraser Rise: 2.5% Pentecostal, Fraser Rise: 2.2% Macedonian Orthodox, Fraser Rise: 1.6%
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, Fraser Rise: +1,444 Islam, Fraser Rise: +215 Hinduism, Fraser Rise: +224 Sikhism, Fraser Rise: +199 Christian,nfd, Fraser Rise: +148 Buddhism, Fraser Rise: +131 Greek Orthodox, Fraser Rise: +125 Anglican, Fraser Rise: +97 Pentecostal, Fraser Rise: +85 Macedonian Orthodox, Fraser Rise: +59
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 Fraser Rise 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, 77.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 14.1% said they had no religion, compared with 68.4% and 22.1% respectively for City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Fraser Rise was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 37.6% of the population or 1,478 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (37.6% compared to 32.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Sikhism (5.1% compared to 1.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (5.7% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (2.5% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,444 persons)
  • Hinduism (+224 persons)
  • Islam (+215 persons)
  • Sikhism (+199 persons)
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