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In Oakleigh, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+458) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Oakleigh'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.

Oakleigh'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
Oakleigh - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic1,94625.822.82,02629.524.6-80
Greek Orthodox1,14115.27.81,08515.88.1+56
Anglican5467.38.66108.910.3-64
Hinduism2553.44.11221.83.0+133
Buddhism2463.36.71341.95.3+112
Uniting Church1912.54.42243.35.2-33
Presbyterian and Reformed1582.12.31382.02.5+20
Christian,nfd1041.42.0630.91.7+41
Islam731.02.1550.81.6+18
Baptist690.92.0640.92.0+5
Sikhism550.70.8300.40.4+25
Judaism550.70.5400.60.5+15
Coptic Orthodox500.70.2360.50.2+14
Lutheran430.60.6350.50.7+8
Russian Orthodox350.50.2260.40.2+9
Other Eastern Orthodox300.40.3290.40.3+1
Pentecostal300.41.1530.81.1-23
Other Protestant300.40.490.10.3+21
Jehova's Witnesses250.30.2160.20.2+9
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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
Oakleigh - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total4,51359.954.64,51365.759.40
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total7139.514.64146.011.3+299
Non-classifiable religious belief
690.90.6600.90.6+9
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,75123.323.31,29318.819.0+458
Not stated
4846.46.95948.69.7-110

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Monash: 7.8% Anglican, City of Monash: 8.6% Hinduism, City of Monash: 4.1% Buddhism, City of Monash: 6.7% Uniting Church, City of Monash: 4.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: 2.3% Christian,nfd, City of Monash: 2.0% Islam, City of Monash: 2.1% Baptist, City of Monash: 2.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Oakleigh: 25.8% Greek Orthodox, Oakleigh: 15.2% Anglican, Oakleigh: 7.3% Hinduism, Oakleigh: 3.4% Buddhism, Oakleigh: 3.3% Uniting Church, Oakleigh: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Oakleigh: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Oakleigh: 1.4% Islam, Oakleigh: 1.0% Baptist, Oakleigh: 0.9%
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, Oakleigh: -80 Greek Orthodox, Oakleigh: +56 Anglican, Oakleigh: -64 Hinduism, Oakleigh: +133 Buddhism, Oakleigh: +112 Uniting Church, Oakleigh: -33 Presbyterian and Reformed, Oakleigh: +20 Christian,nfd, Oakleigh: +41 Islam, Oakleigh: +18 Baptist, Oakleigh: +5
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 Oakleigh in 2011 compared to City of Monash shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 69.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.3% said they had no religion, compared with 69.2% and 23.3% respectively for City of Monash.

The largest single religion in Oakleigh was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.8% of the population or 1,946 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (15.2% compared to 7.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (25.8% compared to 22.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (3.3% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (2.5% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Hinduism (+133 persons)
  • Buddhism (+112 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-80 persons)
  • Anglican (-64 persons)