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In Melton West, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+2,277) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Melton West'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 West'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 West - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic4,62832.636.73,37732.737.3+1,251
Anglican1,88113.29.21,56315.110.5+318
Uniting Church5734.02.74724.63.3+101
Presbyterian and Reformed3272.31.63123.02.0+15
Christian,nfd3132.21.91161.11.4+197
Islam2341.63.8960.92.8+139
Greek Orthodox2121.53.01341.33.1+79
Pentecostal1761.21.21151.10.9+61
Buddhism1691.22.8870.82.0+82
Baptist1691.21.11141.11.1+55
Hinduism1090.81.9200.20.9+89
Lutheran830.60.5760.70.6+7
Jehova's Witnesses820.60.6740.70.7+9
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)800.60.3400.40.4+40
Other Eastern Orthodox610.41.3320.31.2+29
Serbian Orthodox540.40.4330.30.5+21
Salvation Army490.30.2480.50.2+1
Other Protestant450.30.4200.20.4+25
Seventh Day Adventist410.30.3160.20.2+25
Brethren380.30.1380.40.20
Sikhism340.20.900.00.4+34
Coptic Orthodox230.20.570.10.3+16
Other Christian230.20.130.00.1+20
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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 West - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total8,90862.764.26,63264.266.1+2,277
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5874.19.72482.46.3+339
Non-classifiable religious belief
890.60.7620.60.5+27
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,31423.317.12,27122.016.5+1,042
Not stated
1,3219.38.31,12110.810.7+200

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% Islam, City of Melton: 3.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 3.0% Pentecostal, City of Melton: 1.2% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.8% Baptist, City of Melton: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Melton West: 32.6% Anglican, Melton West: 13.2% Uniting Church, Melton West: 4.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Melton West: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Melton West: 2.2% Islam, Melton West: 1.6% Greek Orthodox, Melton West: 1.5% Pentecostal, Melton West: 1.2% Buddhism, Melton West: 1.2% Baptist, Melton West: 1.2%
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 West: +1,251 Anglican, Melton West: +318 Uniting Church, Melton West: +101 Presbyterian and Reformed, Melton West: +15 Christian,nfd, Melton West: +197 Islam, Melton West: +139 Greek Orthodox, Melton West: +79 Pentecostal, Melton West: +61 Buddhism, Melton West: +82 Baptist, Melton West: +55
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 West 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, 66.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.3% said they had no religion, compared with 73.9% and 17.1% respectively for the City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Melton West was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.6% of the population or 4,628 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (13.2% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (32.6% compared to 36.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.6% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.2% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,251 persons)
  • Anglican (+318 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+197 persons)
  • Islam (+139 persons)