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In Glen Waverley, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-3,532) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

Glen Waverley'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.

Glen Waverley'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
Glen Waverley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic5,73814.218.86,94517.722.8-1,207
Buddhism4,05110.16.83,6649.36.7+387
Hinduism3,1757.95.22,4056.14.1+770
Anglican2,5096.25.73,5219.08.6-1,012
Uniting Church1,5243.82.92,1635.54.4-639
Christian,nfd1,2123.02.51,0292.62.0+183
Greek Orthodox1,1602.96.81,3293.47.8-169
Baptist1,0662.61.71,0682.72.0-2
Islam8522.12.36241.62.1+228
Presbyterian and Reformed7671.91.79972.52.3-230
Pentecostal6221.51.06791.71.1-57
Sikhism2760.70.82090.50.8+67
Other Protestant2300.60.51690.40.4+61
Armenian Apostolic1310.30.31340.30.3-3
Lutheran1170.30.32720.70.6-155
Churches of Christ1110.30.21820.50.3-71
Serbian Orthodox720.20.2900.20.2-18
Other Non-Christian Religions690.20.2660.20.1+3
Baha'i550.10.1570.10.1-2
Coptic Orthodox540.10.2530.10.2+1
Judaism540.10.4740.20.5-20
Russian Orthodox490.10.2560.10.2-7
Other Oriental Orthodox440.10.1310.10.1+13
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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
Glen Waverley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total15,62238.844.019,15448.854.6-3,532
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total8,56321.216.07,16918.314.6+1,394
Non-classifiable religious belief
1680.40.52020.50.6-34
map this data in atlas.idNo religion13,07732.431.79,77824.923.3+3,299
Not stated
2,7336.87.82,9097.46.9-176

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 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Monash: 18.8% Buddhism, City of Monash: 6.8% Hinduism, City of Monash: 5.2% Anglican, City of Monash: 5.7% Uniting Church, City of Monash: 2.9% Christian,nfd, City of Monash: 2.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Monash: 6.8% Baptist, City of Monash: 1.7% Islam, City of Monash: 2.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: 1.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Glen Waverley: 14.2% Buddhism, Glen Waverley: 10.1% Hinduism, Glen Waverley: 7.9% Anglican, Glen Waverley: 6.2% Uniting Church, Glen Waverley: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Glen Waverley: 3.0% Greek Orthodox, Glen Waverley: 2.9% Baptist, Glen Waverley: 2.6% Islam, Glen Waverley: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Glen Waverley: 1.9%
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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Glen Waverley: -1,207 Buddhism, Glen Waverley: +387 Hinduism, Glen Waverley: +770 Anglican, Glen Waverley: -1,012 Uniting Church, Glen Waverley: -639 Christian,nfd, Glen Waverley: +183 Greek Orthodox, Glen Waverley: -169 Baptist, Glen Waverley: -2 Islam, Glen Waverley: +228 Presbyterian and Reformed, Glen Waverley: -230
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 Glen Waverley in 2016 compared to City of Monash shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 32.4% said they had no religion, compared with 60.0% and 31.7% respectively for City of Monash.

The largest single religion in Glen Waverley was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 14.2% of the population or 5,738 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Glen Waverley and City of Monash were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (10.1% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (7.9% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (14.2% compared to 18.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (2.9% compared to 6.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,207 persons)
  • Anglican (-1,012 persons)
  • Hinduism (+770 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-639 persons)
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