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In Melton Township, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+5,681) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Melton Township'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 Township'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 Township - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic14,68731.836.711,67032.237.3+3,016
Anglican6,26813.69.25,42314.910.5+845
Uniting Church1,8223.92.71,6484.53.3+173
Presbyterian and Reformed1,1062.41.61,0552.92.0+51
Christian,nfd9812.11.94441.21.4+538
Islam6891.53.82980.82.8+391
Greek Orthodox6721.53.04991.43.1+173
Baptist5681.21.14221.21.1+146
Buddhism5201.12.82180.62.0+303
Pentecostal4661.01.22420.70.9+224
Hinduism3270.71.9660.20.9+261
Lutheran3220.70.53100.90.6+12
Jehova's Witnesses2900.60.62440.70.7+45
Other Eastern Orthodox2670.61.31800.51.2+87
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2600.60.32070.60.4+53
Serbian Orthodox1900.40.41380.40.5+52
Other Protestant1730.40.4730.20.4+100
Salvation Army1590.30.21300.40.2+29
Brethren1480.30.11630.40.2-15
Sikhism1330.30.970.00.4+126
Seventh Day Adventist1110.20.3590.20.2+52
Other Christian720.20.1160.00.1+56
Coptic Orthodox710.20.5480.10.3+23
Macedonian Orthodox660.11.4650.21.2+1
Paganism480.10.1190.10.0+29
Spiritualism480.10.0170.00.0+31
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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 Township - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total28,79462.364.223,11463.766.1+5,681
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,8684.09.77082.06.3+1,161
Non-classifiable religious belief
4270.90.72070.60.5+220
map this data in atlas.idNo religion10,70623.217.18,01522.116.5+2,691
Not stated
4,4409.68.34,23911.710.7+202

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% Baptist, City of Melton: 1.1% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.8% Pentecostal, City of Melton: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Melton Township: 31.8% Anglican, Melton Township: 13.6% Uniting Church, Melton Township: 3.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Melton Township: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Melton Township: 2.1% Islam, Melton Township: 1.5% Greek Orthodox, Melton Township: 1.5% Baptist, Melton Township: 1.2% Buddhism, Melton Township: 1.1% Pentecostal, Melton Township: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Melton Township: +3,016 Anglican, Melton Township: +845 Uniting Church, Melton Township: +173 Presbyterian and Reformed, Melton Township: +51 Christian,nfd, Melton Township: +538 Islam, Melton Township: +391 Greek Orthodox, Melton Township: +173 Baptist, Melton Township: +146 Buddhism, Melton Township: +303 Pentecostal, Melton Township: +224
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 Township 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, 66.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.2% said they had no religion, compared with 73.9% and 17.1% respectively for the City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Melton Township was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 31.8% of the population or 14,687 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Melton Township 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 (31.8% compared to 36.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.5% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.1% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+3,016 persons)
  • Anglican (+845 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+538 persons)
  • Islam (+391 persons)