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In Oakleigh, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+575) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Oakleigh - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic1,76922.418.81,94625.822.8-177
Greek Orthodox1,15114.66.81,14115.27.8+10
Anglican3744.75.75467.38.6-172
Hinduism3124.05.22553.44.1+57
Buddhism2012.56.82463.36.7-45
Christian,nfd1602.02.51041.42.0+56
Uniting Church1592.02.91912.54.4-32
Presbyterian and Reformed851.11.71582.12.3-73
Islam821.02.3731.02.1+9
Baptist610.81.7690.92.0-8
Coptic Orthodox590.70.2500.70.2+9
Judaism450.60.4550.70.5-10
Pentecostal400.51.0300.41.1+10
Sikhism330.40.8550.70.8-22
Lutheran230.30.3430.60.6-20
Jehova's Witnesses230.30.1250.30.2-2
Other Protestant200.30.5300.40.4-10
Russian Orthodox190.20.2350.50.2-16
Serbian Orthodox180.20.2150.20.2+3
Macedonian Orthodox110.10.1100.10.1+1
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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
Oakleigh - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total3,99650.644.04,51359.954.6-517
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6878.716.07139.514.6-26
Non-classifiable religious belief
500.60.5690.90.6-19
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,32629.531.71,75123.323.3+575
Not stated
7479.57.84846.46.9+263

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Monash: 6.8% Anglican, City of Monash: 5.7% Hinduism, City of Monash: 5.2% Buddhism, City of Monash: 6.8% Christian,nfd, City of Monash: 2.5% Uniting Church, City of Monash: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: 1.7% Islam, City of Monash: 2.3% Baptist, City of Monash: 1.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Oakleigh: 22.4% Greek Orthodox, Oakleigh: 14.6% Anglican, Oakleigh: 4.7% Hinduism, Oakleigh: 4.0% Buddhism, Oakleigh: 2.5% Christian,nfd, Oakleigh: 2.0% Uniting Church, Oakleigh: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Oakleigh: 1.1% Islam, Oakleigh: 1.0% Baptist, Oakleigh: 0.8%
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, Oakleigh: -177 Greek Orthodox, Oakleigh: +10 Anglican, Oakleigh: -172 Hinduism, Oakleigh: +57 Buddhism, Oakleigh: -45 Christian,nfd, Oakleigh: +56 Uniting Church, Oakleigh: -32 Presbyterian and Reformed, Oakleigh: -73 Islam, Oakleigh: +9 Baptist, Oakleigh: -8
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 Oakleigh in 2016 compared to City of Monash shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 59.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.5% said they had no religion, compared with 60.0% and 31.7% respectively for City of Monash.

The largest single religion in Oakleigh was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.4% of the population or 1,769 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 (14.6% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.4% compared to 18.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.5% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (4.0% compared to 5.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-177 persons)
  • Anglican (-172 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-73 persons)
  • Hinduism (+57 persons)
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