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In Hills Region, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,570) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Hills Region'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.

Hills Region'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
Hills Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
Anglican2,74811.811.13,44715.514.3-699
Western (Roman) Catholic2,65511.415.32,89513.017.1-240
Uniting Church1,9678.57.32,38910.79.6-422
Christian,nfd7833.42.87123.22.4+71
Baptist6762.92.47693.52.9-94
Lutheran5632.42.47113.23.3-148
Greek Orthodox2221.03.22291.03.4-8
Buddhism2170.91.32301.01.4-13
Pentecostal1930.80.82191.01.0-25
Presbyterian and Reformed1880.80.92030.91.0-15
Churches of Christ1400.60.41400.60.60
Hinduism1020.41.0610.30.8+41
Islam730.31.4820.41.3-9
Brethren590.30.3400.20.3+19
Christadelphian400.20.3560.30.3-15
Other Protestant310.10.3220.10.2+10
Russian Orthodox300.10.1260.10.1+4
Sikhism250.10.2310.10.2-6
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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
Hills Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total10,40944.748.612,08354.257.6-1,674
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total4802.14.35652.54.3-85
Non-classifiable religious belief
1640.70.72271.00.9-63
map this data in atlas.idNo religion10,44244.839.47,87235.330.3+2,570
Not stated
1,6046.97.11,5507.06.8+54

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 Anglican, City of Mitcham: 11.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Mitcham: 15.3% Uniting Church, City of Mitcham: 7.3% Christian,nfd, City of Mitcham: 2.8% Baptist, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Lutheran, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Greek Orthodox, City of Mitcham: 3.2% Buddhism, City of Mitcham: 1.3% Pentecostal, City of Mitcham: 0.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Mitcham: 0.9% Anglican, Hills Region: 11.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Hills Region: 11.4% Uniting Church, Hills Region: 8.5% Christian,nfd, Hills Region: 3.4% Baptist, Hills Region: 2.9% Lutheran, Hills Region: 2.4% Greek Orthodox, Hills Region: 1.0% Buddhism, Hills Region: 0.9% Pentecostal, Hills Region: 0.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Hills Region: 0.8%
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 Anglican, Hills Region: -699 Western (Roman) Catholic, Hills Region: -240 Uniting Church, Hills Region: -422 Christian,nfd, Hills Region: +71 Baptist, Hills Region: -94 Lutheran, Hills Region: -148 Greek Orthodox, Hills Region: -8 Buddhism, Hills Region: -13 Pentecostal, Hills Region: -25 Presbyterian and Reformed, Hills Region: -15
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 Hills Region in 2016 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, 46.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 44.8% said they had no religion, compared with 52.9% and 39.4% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

The largest single religion in Hills Region was Anglican, with 11.8% of the population or 2,748 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (8.5% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (11.4% compared to 15.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.0% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.3% compared to 1.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-699 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-422 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-240 persons)
  • Lutheran (-148 persons)
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