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In Rural Balance, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+269) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Rural Balance'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.

Rural Balance'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
Rural Balance - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic1,42431.436.71,33838.037.3+86
Anglican4409.79.238210.810.5+58
Islam1222.73.8982.82.8+23
Uniting Church1222.72.71133.23.3+10
Greek Orthodox781.73.0822.33.1-4
Presbyterian and Reformed691.51.6591.72.0+9
Pentecostal370.81.2220.60.9+15
Christian,nfd350.81.9300.91.4+4
Jehova's Witnesses340.80.6571.60.7-22
Baptist320.71.1270.81.1+5
Buddhism320.72.8200.62.0+11
Lutheran270.60.5100.30.6+17
Macedonian Orthodox220.51.4110.31.2+11
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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
Rural Balance - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total2,38452.664.22,18161.966.1+202
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1653.69.71283.66.3+37
Non-classifiable religious belief
190.40.7210.60.5-2
map this data in atlas.idNo religion67815.017.141011.616.5+269
Not stated
1,28828.48.378522.310.7+503

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% Islam, City of Melton: 3.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 3.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Melton: 1.6% Pentecostal, City of Melton: 1.2% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 1.9% Jehova's Witnesses, City of Melton: 0.6% Baptist, City of Melton: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Rural Balance: 31.4% Anglican, Rural Balance: 9.7% Uniting Church, Rural Balance: 2.7% Islam, Rural Balance: 2.7% Greek Orthodox, Rural Balance: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Rural Balance: 1.5% Pentecostal, Rural Balance: 0.8% Christian,nfd, Rural Balance: 0.8% Jehova's Witnesses, Rural Balance: 0.8% Baptist, Rural Balance: 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, Rural Balance: +86 Anglican, Rural Balance: +58 Uniting Church, Rural Balance: +10 Islam, Rural Balance: +23 Greek Orthodox, Rural Balance: -4 Presbyterian and Reformed, Rural Balance: +9 Pentecostal, Rural Balance: +15 Christian,nfd, Rural Balance: +4 Jehova's Witnesses, Rural Balance: -22 Baptist, Rural Balance: +5
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 Rural Balance in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 56.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.0% said they had no religion, compared with 73.9% and 17.1% respectively for the City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Rural Balance was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 31.4% of the population or 1,424 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (31.4% compared to 36.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.7% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.7% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Christian,nfd (0.8% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+86 persons)
  • Anglican (+58 persons)