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In Belair, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+331) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Belair'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.

Belair'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
Belair - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
Anglican80418.314.391320.915.7-109
Western (Roman) Catholic53012.117.157613.217.6-46
Uniting Church49511.39.652211.911.0-27
Lutheran1292.93.31363.13.5-7
Christian,nfd1222.82.4932.11.9+29
Baptist1212.82.91072.52.9+14
Buddhism400.91.4240.51.1+16
Presbyterian and Reformed310.71.0641.51.2-33
Pentecostal250.61.0471.11.1-22
Greek Orthodox210.53.4240.63.6-3
Jehova's Witnesses210.50.160.10.1+15

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
Belair - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total2,34453.357.62,56258.661.3-218
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total952.24.3741.73.2+21
Non-classifiable religious belief
421.00.9421.00.80
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,58236.030.31,25128.624.8+331
Not stated
3357.66.844010.19.9-105

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 Anglican, City of Mitcham: 14.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Mitcham: 17.1% Uniting Church, City of Mitcham: 9.6% Lutheran, City of Mitcham: 3.3% Christian,nfd, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Baptist, City of Mitcham: 2.9% Buddhism, City of Mitcham: 1.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Mitcham: 1.0% Pentecostal, City of Mitcham: 1.0% Greek Orthodox, City of Mitcham: 3.4% Anglican, Belair: 18.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Belair: 12.1% Uniting Church, Belair: 11.3% Lutheran, Belair: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Belair: 2.8% Baptist, Belair: 2.8% Buddhism, Belair: 0.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Belair: 0.7% Pentecostal, Belair: 0.6% Greek Orthodox, Belair: 0.5%
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 Anglican, Belair: -109 Western (Roman) Catholic, Belair: -46 Uniting Church, Belair: -27 Lutheran, Belair: -7 Christian,nfd, Belair: +29 Baptist, Belair: +14 Buddhism, Belair: +16 Presbyterian and Reformed, Belair: -33 Pentecostal, Belair: -22 Greek Orthodox, Belair: -3
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 Belair in 2011 compared to the City of Mitcham shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 55.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 36.0% said they had no religion, compared with 61.9% and 30.3% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

The largest single religion in Belair was Anglican, with 18.3% of the population or 804 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.3% compared to 14.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (11.3% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (12.1% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (0.5% compared to 3.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the religious affiliation of the population in Belair between 2006 and 2011 was for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-109 persons)