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In Melton South, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+201) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

Melton South'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.

Melton South'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
Melton South - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic2,63029.536.72,65530.737.3-25
Anglican1,21413.69.21,30515.110.5-91
Uniting Church3283.72.73604.23.3-32
Presbyterian and Reformed2402.71.62452.82.0-5
Christian,nfd2062.31.91181.41.4+88
Baptist1201.31.1921.11.1+28
Islam1071.23.8600.72.8+47
Buddhism901.02.8310.42.0+59
Greek Orthodox901.03.0861.03.1+4
Pentecostal600.71.2470.50.9+13
Lutheran590.70.5861.00.6-27
Other Protestant570.60.4230.30.4+34
Hinduism550.61.9230.30.9+32
Jehova's Witnesses520.60.6520.60.70
Other Eastern Orthodox500.61.3400.51.2+10
Sikhism450.50.940.00.4+41
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)310.30.3690.80.4-38
Serbian Orthodox290.30.4520.60.5-23
Salvation Army230.30.2370.40.2-14
Macedonian Orthodox220.21.4140.21.2+8
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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
Melton South - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total5,26659.164.25,34961.966.1-83
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3503.99.71491.76.3+201
Non-classifiable religious belief
1031.20.7490.60.5+54
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,15324.217.11,96422.716.5+189
Not stated
1,03811.68.31,13113.110.7-93

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% Uniting Church, City of Melton: 2.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Melton: 1.6% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 1.9% Baptist, City of Melton: 1.1% Islam, City of Melton: 3.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 3.0% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.8% Pentecostal, City of Melton: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Melton South: 29.5% Anglican, Melton South: 13.6% Uniting Church, Melton South: 3.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Melton South: 2.7% Christian,nfd, Melton South: 2.3% Baptist, Melton South: 1.3% Islam, Melton South: 1.2% Greek Orthodox, Melton South: 1.0% Buddhism, Melton South: 1.0% Pentecostal, Melton South: 0.7%
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, Melton South: -25 Anglican, Melton South: -91 Uniting Church, Melton South: -32 Presbyterian and Reformed, Melton South: -5 Christian,nfd, Melton South: +88 Baptist, Melton South: +28 Islam, Melton South: +47 Greek Orthodox, Melton South: +4 Buddhism, Melton South: +59 Pentecostal, Melton South: +13
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 Melton South in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 63.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.2% said they had no religion, compared with 73.9% and 17.1% respectively for the City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Melton South was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 29.5% of the population or 2,630 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (13.6% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (29.5% compared to 36.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.2% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.0% compared to 3.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-91 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+88 persons)
  • Buddhism (+59 persons)