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In Melton East, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+12,281) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Melton East'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 East'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 East - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic23,42341.336.715,79442.737.3+7,629
Islam3,2825.83.81,8044.92.8+1,478
Anglican2,9885.39.22,1175.710.5+871
Greek Orthodox2,5004.43.01,8204.93.1+680
Buddhism2,4694.42.81,2923.52.0+1,177
Hinduism1,7283.01.96141.70.9+1,114
Macedonian Orthodox1,3922.51.48502.31.2+542
Other Eastern Orthodox1,1312.01.37212.01.2+410
Christian,nfd1,0501.91.96131.71.4+437
Uniting Church9651.72.77372.03.3+228
Pentecostal8191.41.24351.20.9+384
Sikhism8081.40.92810.80.4+527
Presbyterian and Reformed5711.01.64261.22.0+145
Baptist5631.01.14301.21.1+133
Coptic Orthodox4510.80.52100.60.3+241
Jehova's Witnesses3460.60.62530.70.7+93
Serbian Orthodox3030.50.42700.70.5+33
Other Protestant2870.50.42530.70.4+34
Lutheran2180.40.51390.40.6+79
Other Oriental Orthodox1890.30.2850.20.1+104
Seventh Day Adventist1730.30.3960.30.2+77
Churches of Christ1350.20.2730.20.1+62
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)970.20.3650.20.4+32
Other Eastern Catholic640.10.0260.10.0+38
Other Christian620.10.1390.10.1+23
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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 East - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total37,88966.964.225,60869.366.1+12,281
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total8,44814.99.74,06911.06.3+4,379
Non-classifiable religious belief
2520.40.71200.30.5+132
map this data in atlas.idNo religion6,86012.117.14,05911.016.5+2,801
Not stated
3,2115.78.33,0998.410.7+112

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% Islam, City of Melton: 3.8% Anglican, City of Melton: 9.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Melton: 3.0% Buddhism, City of Melton: 2.8% Hinduism, City of Melton: 1.9% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Melton: 1.4% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Melton: 1.3% Christian,nfd, City of Melton: 1.9% Uniting Church, City of Melton: 2.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Melton East: 41.3% Islam, Melton East: 5.8% Anglican, Melton East: 5.3% Greek Orthodox, Melton East: 4.4% Buddhism, Melton East: 4.4% Hinduism, Melton East: 3.0% Macedonian Orthodox, Melton East: 2.5% Other Eastern Orthodox, Melton East: 2.0% Christian,nfd, Melton East: 1.9% Uniting Church, Melton East: 1.7%
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, Melton East: +7,629 Islam, Melton East: +1,478 Anglican, Melton East: +871 Greek Orthodox, Melton East: +680 Buddhism, Melton East: +1,177 Hinduism, Melton East: +1,114 Macedonian Orthodox, Melton East: +542 Other Eastern Orthodox, Melton East: +410 Christian,nfd, Melton East: +437 Uniting Church, Melton East: +228
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 East in 2011 compared to the 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, 81.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 12.1% said they had no religion, compared with 73.9% and 17.1% respectively for the City of Melton.

The largest single religion in Melton East was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 41.3% of the population or 23,423 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (41.3% compared to 36.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (5.8% compared to 3.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (4.4% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (5.3% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+7,629 persons)
  • Islam (+1,478 persons)
  • Buddhism (+1,177 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,114 persons)