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In Hillside, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+845) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Hillside - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic6,45640.632.76,87445.436.7-418
Greek Orthodox9045.72.79116.03.0-7
Macedonian Orthodox2931.81.33732.51.4-80
Coptic Orthodox2071.30.61320.90.5+75
Uniting Church1611.01.92381.62.7-77
Jehova's Witnesses1280.80.51400.90.6-12
Presbyterian and Reformed1120.71.21581.01.6-46
Serbian Orthodox630.40.4500.30.4+13
Seventh Day Adventist450.30.4290.20.3+16
Other Protestant430.30.5410.30.4+2
Other Eastern Orthodox360.20.13032.01.3-267
Other Eastern Catholic350.20.1490.30.0-14
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)230.10.4240.20.3-1
Other Oriental Orthodox190.10.390.10.2+10
Assyrian Apostolic170.10.0380.30.0-21
Maronite Catholic150.10.0100.10.0+5
Other Non-Christian Religions100.
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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
Hillside - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total10,28764.856.810,98772.564.2-700
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,77911.211.61,51010.09.7+269
Non-classifiable religious belief
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,56616.222.11,72111.417.1+845
Not stated

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 2.7% Anglican, City of Melton: 6.5% Islam, City of Melton: 4.0% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 3.7% Sikhism, City of Melton: 1.9% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.7% Hinduism, City of Melton: 2.7% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Melton: 1.3% Pentecostal, City of Melton: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Hillside: 40.6% Greek Orthodox, Hillside: 5.7% Anglican, Hillside: 4.6% Islam, Hillside: 4.0% Christian,nfd, Hillside: 3.6% Sikhism, Hillside: 2.5% Buddhism, Hillside: 2.3% Hinduism, Hillside: 2.3% Macedonian Orthodox, Hillside: 1.8% Pentecostal, Hillside: 1.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Hillside: -418 Greek Orthodox, Hillside: -7 Anglican, Hillside: -198 Islam, Hillside: -30 Christian,nfd, Hillside: +368 Sikhism, Hillside: +192 Buddhism, Hillside: +61 Hinduism, Hillside: +66 Macedonian Orthodox, Hillside: -80 Pentecostal, Hillside: +23
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Hillside 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, 76.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 16.2% said they had no religion, compared with 68.4% and 22.1% respectively for City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Hillside was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 40.6% of the population or 6,456 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (40.6% compared to 32.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (5.7% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (4.6% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-418 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+368 persons)
  • Other Eastern Orthodox (-267 persons)
  • Anglican (-198 persons)