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In Glen Waverley, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,044) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Glen Waverley - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic6,94517.722.87,77520.324.6-830
Buddhism3,6649.36.72,6346.95.3+1,030
Anglican3,5219.08.64,31011.310.3-789
Hinduism2,4056.14.11,9075.03.0+498
Uniting Church2,1635.54.42,6136.85.2-450
Greek Orthodox1,3293.47.81,3843.68.1-55
Baptist1,0682.72.01,0772.82.0-9
Christian,nfd1,0292.62.07662.01.7+263
Presbyterian and Reformed9972.52.31,0242.72.5-27
Pentecostal6791.71.16311.71.1+48
Islam6241.62.14811.31.6+143
Lutheran2720.70.63090.80.7-37
Sikhism2090.50.81330.30.4+76
Churches of Christ1820.50.32100.50.4-28
Other Protestant1690.40.41360.40.3+33
Armenian Apostolic1340.30.31690.40.4-35
Serbian Orthodox900.20.2980.30.2-8
Other Eastern Orthodox770.20.31160.30.3-39
Judaism740.20.5960.30.5-22
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)740.20.2830.20.2-9
Other Non-Christian Religions660.20.1490.10.2+17
Salvation Army580.10.1960.30.2-38
Baha'i570.10.1750.20.1-18
Russian Orthodox560.10.2570.10.2-1
Other Christian540.10.1640.20.1-10
Coptic Orthodox530.10.2610.20.2-8
Jehova's Witnesses500.10.2480.10.2+2
Seventh Day Adventist490.10.2450.10.2+4
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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
Glen Waverley - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total19,15448.854.621,13355.359.4-1,979
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total7,16918.314.65,42814.211.3+1,741
Non-classifiable religious belief
2020.50.62000.50.6+2
map this data in atlas.idNo religion9,77824.923.37,73420.219.0+2,044
Not stated
2,9097.46.93,7249.79.7-815

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 Monash: 22.8% Buddhism, City of Monash: 6.7% Anglican, City of Monash: 8.6% Hinduism, City of Monash: 4.1% Uniting Church, City of Monash: 4.4% Greek Orthodox, City of Monash: 7.8% Baptist, City of Monash: 2.0% Christian,nfd, City of Monash: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: 2.3% Pentecostal, City of Monash: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Glen Waverley: 17.7% Buddhism, Glen Waverley: 9.3% Anglican, Glen Waverley: 9.0% Hinduism, Glen Waverley: 6.1% Uniting Church, Glen Waverley: 5.5% Greek Orthodox, Glen Waverley: 3.4% Baptist, Glen Waverley: 2.7% Christian,nfd, Glen Waverley: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Glen Waverley: 2.5% Pentecostal, Glen Waverley: 1.7%
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, Glen Waverley: -830 Buddhism, Glen Waverley: +1,030 Anglican, Glen Waverley: -789 Hinduism, Glen Waverley: +498 Uniting Church, Glen Waverley: -450 Greek Orthodox, Glen Waverley: -55 Baptist, Glen Waverley: -9 Christian,nfd, Glen Waverley: +263 Presbyterian and Reformed, Glen Waverley: -27 Pentecostal, Glen Waverley: +48
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 Glen Waverley in 2011 compared to City of Monash shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 67.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.9% said they had no religion, compared with 69.2% and 23.3% respectively for City of Monash.

The largest single religion in Glen Waverley was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 17.7% of the population or 6,945 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 (9.3% compared to 6.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (6.1% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (17.7% compared to 22.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.4% compared to 7.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Buddhism (+1,030 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-830 persons)
  • Anglican (-789 persons)
  • Hinduism (+498 persons)