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In Mount Waverley, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-3,363) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

Mount 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.

Mount 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
Mount Waverley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic6,15218.318.87,16722.322.8-1,015
Anglican2,3246.95.73,29310.38.6-969
Buddhism2,3196.96.81,9776.26.7+342
Greek Orthodox2,0356.16.82,2897.17.8-254
Hinduism1,4674.45.29673.04.1+500
Uniting Church1,4094.22.92,0196.34.4-610
Christian,nfd8002.42.56652.12.0+135
Baptist7292.21.78492.62.0-120
Presbyterian and Reformed6531.91.78142.52.3-161
Islam4891.52.33391.12.1+150
Pentecostal2800.81.02830.91.1-3
Sikhism1400.40.81440.40.8-4
Lutheran1060.30.32220.70.6-116
Other Protestant1020.30.5890.30.4+13
Judaism890.30.41310.40.5-42
Other Non-Christian Religions560.20.2510.20.1+5
Jehova's Witnesses490.10.1830.30.2-34
Russian Orthodox460.10.2710.20.2-25
Churches of Christ390.10.2840.30.3-45
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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
Mount Waverley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total14,94644.544.018,30957.154.6-3,363
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total4,62313.716.03,68511.514.6+938
Non-classifiable religious belief
1580.50.51890.60.6-31
map this data in atlas.idNo religion11,04632.931.77,86824.523.3+3,178
Not stated
2,5917.77.82,0196.36.9+572

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% Anglican, City of Monash: 5.7% Buddhism, City of Monash: 6.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Monash: 6.8% Hinduism, City of Monash: 5.2% Uniting Church, City of Monash: 2.9% Christian,nfd, City of Monash: 2.5% Baptist, City of Monash: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: 1.7% Islam, City of Monash: 2.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Mount Waverley: 18.3% Anglican, Mount Waverley: 6.9% Buddhism, Mount Waverley: 6.9% Greek Orthodox, Mount Waverley: 6.1% Hinduism, Mount Waverley: 4.4% Uniting Church, Mount Waverley: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Mount Waverley: 2.4% Baptist, Mount Waverley: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Mount Waverley: 1.9% Islam, Mount Waverley: 1.5%
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, Mount Waverley: -1,015 Anglican, Mount Waverley: -969 Buddhism, Mount Waverley: +342 Greek Orthodox, Mount Waverley: -254 Hinduism, Mount Waverley: +500 Uniting Church, Mount Waverley: -610 Christian,nfd, Mount Waverley: +135 Baptist, Mount Waverley: -120 Presbyterian and Reformed, Mount Waverley: -161 Islam, Mount Waverley: +150
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 Mount Waverley in 2016 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, 58.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 32.9% said they had no religion, compared with 60.0% and 31.7% respectively for City of Monash.

The largest single religion in Mount Waverley was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 18.3% of the population or 6,152 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (4.2% compared to 2.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (6.9% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,015 persons)
  • Anglican (-969 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-610 persons)
  • Hinduism (+500 persons)
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