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In West Region, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,068) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

West 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.

West 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
West Region - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic3,60019.017.13,71220.117.6-112
Anglican1,97710.414.32,11111.515.7-134
Uniting Church1,4787.89.61,7199.311.0-241
Greek Orthodox1,1105.93.41,2036.53.6-93
Lutheran7263.83.37444.03.5-18
Islam5853.11.33571.90.8+228
Baptist5172.72.95953.22.9-78
Buddhism4252.21.43191.71.1+106
Christian,nfd3852.02.43351.81.9+50
Hinduism2621.40.81720.90.5+90
Pentecostal2561.41.02561.41.10
Presbyterian and Reformed2211.21.01720.91.2+49
Churches of Christ1200.60.61200.70.70
Brethren930.50.31000.50.4-7
Christadelphian880.50.3550.30.3+33
Sikhism730.40.2270.10.1+46
Baha'i640.30.1650.40.2-1
Other Protestant600.30.2560.30.2+4
Maronite Catholic560.30.1130.10.0+43
Other Eastern Orthodox530.30.2270.10.1+26
Salvation Army420.20.2420.20.20
Serbian Orthodox390.20.1380.20.1+1
Judaism310.20.1210.10.1+10
Seventh Day Adventist250.10.1270.10.1-2
Other Christian240.10.1220.10.2+2
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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
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total10,94157.757.611,49162.361.3-550
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,4967.94.31,0335.63.2+463
Non-classifiable religious belief
2051.10.91360.70.8+69
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,99426.430.33,92621.324.8+1,068
Not stated
1,3146.96.81,84410.09.9-530

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 Mitcham: 17.1% Anglican, City of Mitcham: 14.3% Uniting Church, City of Mitcham: 9.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Mitcham: 3.4% Lutheran, City of Mitcham: 3.3% Islam, City of Mitcham: 1.3% Baptist, City of Mitcham: 2.9% Buddhism, City of Mitcham: 1.4% Christian,nfd, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Hinduism, City of Mitcham: 0.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, West Region: 19.0% Anglican, West Region: 10.4% Uniting Church, West Region: 7.8% Greek Orthodox, West Region: 5.9% Lutheran, West Region: 3.8% Islam, West Region: 3.1% Baptist, West Region: 2.7% Buddhism, West Region: 2.2% Christian,nfd, West Region: 2.0% Hinduism, West Region: 1.4%
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, West Region: -112 Anglican, West Region: -134 Uniting Church, West Region: -241 Greek Orthodox, West Region: -93 Lutheran, West Region: -18 Islam, West Region: +228 Baptist, West Region: -78 Buddhism, West Region: +106 Christian,nfd, West Region: +50 Hinduism, West Region: +90
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 West Region in 2011 compared to the City of Mitcham shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 65.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 26.4% said they had no religion, compared with 61.9% and 30.3% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

The largest single religion in West Region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.0% of the population or 3,600 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (5.9% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.0% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (3.1% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.4% compared to 14.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Uniting Church (-241 persons)
  • Islam (+228 persons)
  • Anglican (-134 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-112 persons)