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In Melton, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+661) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Melton'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'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
Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,08925.732.72,38830.836.7-299
Anglican90511.16.51,14614.89.2-240
Christian,nfd2763.43.71041.41.9+171
Uniting Church2633.21.93524.52.7-90
Presbyterian and Reformed1932.41.22092.71.6-16
Islam1712.14.01281.73.8+43
Baptist1692.11.1951.21.1+74
Greek Orthodox1561.92.71481.93.0+8
Buddhism871.12.7791.02.8+7
Hinduism821.02.7400.51.9+42
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)710.90.4350.50.3+36
Pentecostal570.71.5620.81.2-5
Seventh Day Adventist490.60.4410.50.3+8
Brethren360.40.1370.50.1-1
Sikhism350.41.9120.20.9+23
Other Protestant330.40.5180.20.4+15
Jehova's Witnesses320.40.5510.70.6-19
Lutheran310.40.3620.80.5-32
Serbian Orthodox180.20.4490.60.4-30
Macedonian Orthodox100.11.3160.21.4-6
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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
Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total4,41254.356.84,96164.064.2-549
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3844.711.63003.99.7+85
Non-classifiable religious belief
640.80.5901.20.7-27
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,43229.922.11,77122.817.1+661
Not stated
7849.69.06288.18.3+155

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% Anglican, City of Melton: 6.5% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 3.7% Uniting Church, City of Melton: 1.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Melton: 1.2% Islam, City of Melton: 4.0% Baptist, City of Melton: 1.1% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 2.7% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.7% Hinduism, City of Melton: 2.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Melton: 25.7% Anglican, Melton: 11.1% Christian,nfd, Melton: 3.4% Uniting Church, Melton: 3.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Melton: 2.4% Islam, Melton: 2.1% Baptist, Melton: 2.1% Greek Orthodox, Melton: 1.9% Buddhism, Melton: 1.1% Hinduism, Melton: 1.0%
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, Melton: -299 Anglican, Melton: -240 Christian,nfd, Melton: +171 Uniting Church, Melton: -90 Presbyterian and Reformed, Melton: -16 Islam, Melton: +43 Baptist, Melton: +74 Greek Orthodox, Melton: +8 Buddhism, Melton: +7 Hinduism, Melton: +42
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 Melton in 2016 compared to 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, 59.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.9% said they had no religion, compared with 68.4% and 22.1% respectively for City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Melton was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.7% of the population or 2,089 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (11.1% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (25.7% compared to 32.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (2.1% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (1.0% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-299 persons)
  • Anglican (-240 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+171 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-90 persons)
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