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In Hills Region, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,476) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Hills Region - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
Anglican3,44715.514.33,75517.215.7-308
Western (Roman) Catholic2,89513.017.12,96313.617.6-68
Uniting Church2,39010.79.62,56411.711.0-174
Baptist7703.52.96913.22.9+79
Christian,nfd7133.22.45082.31.9+205
Lutheran7123.23.37903.63.5-78
Buddhism2311.01.41590.71.1+72
Greek Orthodox2301.03.41790.83.6+51
Pentecostal2191.01.02571.21.1-38
Presbyterian and Reformed2040.91.02631.21.2-59
Churches of Christ1400.60.62050.90.7-65
Islam820.41.3380.20.8+44
Hinduism610.30.8500.20.5+11
Christadelphian560.30.3690.30.3-13
Other Christian530.20.1450.20.2+8
Brethren400.20.350.00.4+35
Salvation Army360.20.2350.20.2+1
Sikhism310.10.2280.10.1+3
Spiritualism300.10.1270.10.0+3
Other Eastern Orthodox300.10.2190.10.1+11
Judaism290.10.1200.10.1+9
Jehova's Witnesses280.10.1230.10.1+5
Other Non-Christian Religions270.10.1310.10.1-4
Russian Orthodox260.10.1280.10.1-2
Seventh Day Adventist250.10.190.00.1+16
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)240.10.1350.20.1-11
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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
Hills Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total12,08354.257.612,50857.261.3-425
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5662.54.34302.03.2+136
Non-classifiable religious belief
2281.00.91840.80.8+44
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,87235.330.36,39629.324.8+1,476
Not stated
1,5517.06.82,33710.79.9-786

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% Baptist, City of Mitcham: 2.9% Christian,nfd, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Lutheran, City of Mitcham: 3.3% Buddhism, City of Mitcham: 1.4% Greek Orthodox, City of Mitcham: 3.4% Pentecostal, City of Mitcham: 1.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Mitcham: 1.0% Anglican, Hills Region: 15.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Hills Region: 13.0% Uniting Church, Hills Region: 10.7% Baptist, Hills Region: 3.5% Christian,nfd, Hills Region: 3.2% Lutheran, Hills Region: 3.2% Buddhism, Hills Region: 1.0% Greek Orthodox, Hills Region: 1.0% Pentecostal, Hills Region: 1.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Hills Region: 0.9%
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, Hills Region: -308 Western (Roman) Catholic, Hills Region: -68 Uniting Church, Hills Region: -174 Baptist, Hills Region: +79 Christian,nfd, Hills Region: +205 Lutheran, Hills Region: -78 Buddhism, Hills Region: +72 Greek Orthodox, Hills Region: +51 Pentecostal, Hills Region: -38 Presbyterian and Reformed, Hills Region: -59
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 Hills Region 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, 56.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 35.3% said they had no religion, compared with 61.9% and 30.3% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

The largest single religion in Hills Region was Anglican, with 15.5% of the population or 3,447 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 Anglican (15.5% compared to 14.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (10.7% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (13.0% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.0% compared to 3.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-308 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+205 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-174 persons)
  • Baptist (+79 persons)