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In Mount Waverley, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,805) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Mount Waverley - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic7,16722.322.87,24923.724.6-82
Anglican3,29310.38.63,62011.810.3-327
Greek Orthodox2,2897.17.82,2327.38.1+57
Uniting Church2,0196.34.42,2897.55.2-270
Buddhism1,9776.26.71,3424.45.3+635
Hinduism9673.04.16522.13.0+315
Baptist8492.62.08202.72.0+29
Presbyterian and Reformed8142.52.38032.62.5+11
Christian,nfd6652.12.05131.71.7+152
Islam3391.12.12120.71.6+127
Pentecostal2830.91.12590.81.1+24
Lutheran2220.70.62630.90.7-41
Sikhism1440.40.8190.10.4+125
Judaism1310.40.51510.50.5-20
Other Protestant890.30.4770.30.3+12
Churches of Christ840.30.3710.20.4+13
Jehova's Witnesses830.30.2610.20.2+22
Russian Orthodox710.20.2700.20.2+1
Other Christian650.20.1760.20.1-11
Serbian Orthodox630.20.2400.10.2+23
Other Eastern Orthodox580.20.31000.30.3-42
Other Non-Christian Religions510.20.1530.20.2-2
Seventh Day Adventist380.10.2370.10.2+1
Armenian Apostolic350.10.3310.10.4+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
Mount Waverley - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total18,30957.154.618,78661.459.4-477
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,68511.514.62,4868.111.3+1,199
Non-classifiable religious belief
1890.60.61820.60.6+7
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,86824.523.36,06319.819.0+1,805
Not stated
2,0196.36.93,08610.19.7-1,067

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% Anglican, City of Monash: 8.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Monash: 7.8% Uniting Church, City of Monash: 4.4% Buddhism, City of Monash: 6.7% Hinduism, City of Monash: 4.1% Baptist, City of Monash: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: 2.3% Christian,nfd, City of Monash: 2.0% Islam, City of Monash: 2.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Mount Waverley: 22.3% Anglican, Mount Waverley: 10.3% Greek Orthodox, Mount Waverley: 7.1% Uniting Church, Mount Waverley: 6.3% Buddhism, Mount Waverley: 6.2% Hinduism, Mount Waverley: 3.0% Baptist, Mount Waverley: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Mount Waverley: 2.5% Christian,nfd, Mount Waverley: 2.1% Islam, Mount Waverley: 1.1%
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, Mount Waverley: -82 Anglican, Mount Waverley: -327 Greek Orthodox, Mount Waverley: +57 Uniting Church, Mount Waverley: -270 Buddhism, Mount Waverley: +635 Hinduism, Mount Waverley: +315 Baptist, Mount Waverley: +29 Presbyterian and Reformed, Mount Waverley: +11 Christian,nfd, Mount Waverley: +152 Islam, Mount Waverley: +127
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 Mount 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, 68.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.5% said they had no religion, compared with 69.2% and 23.3% respectively for City of Monash.

The largest single religion in Mount Waverley was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.3% of the population or 7,167 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 (6.3% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (10.3% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (3.0% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.1% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Buddhism (+635 persons)
  • Anglican (-327 persons)
  • Hinduism (+315 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-270 persons)