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In Oakleigh South, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-471) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

Oakleigh South'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 South'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 South - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic1,13422.318.81,24525.222.8-111
Greek Orthodox66713.16.870714.37.8-40
Anglican2575.15.74529.18.6-195
Hinduism2024.05.21262.54.1+76
Buddhism2003.96.81793.66.7+21
Judaism781.50.4791.60.5-1
Uniting Church781.52.91112.24.4-33
Christian,nfd731.42.5601.22.0+13
Presbyterian and Reformed671.31.71132.32.3-46
Islam501.02.3691.42.1-19
Baptist400.81.7491.02.0-9
Sikhism280.60.8551.10.8-27
Pentecostal270.51.0250.51.1+2
Other Protestant240.50.530.10.4+21
Jehova's Witnesses130.30.1210.40.2-8
Coptic Orthodox100.20.200.00.2+10
Lutheran100.20.3170.30.6-7
Russian Orthodox100.20.260.10.2+4
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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 South - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total2,44148.044.02,91258.954.6-471
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total56811.216.052610.614.6+42
Non-classifiable religious belief
340.70.5340.70.60
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,53630.231.71,13222.923.3+404
Not stated
4579.07.83386.86.9+119

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% Uniting Church, City of Monash: 2.9% Judaism, City of Monash: 0.4% Christian,nfd, City of Monash: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: 1.7% Islam, City of Monash: 2.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Oakleigh South: 22.3% Greek Orthodox, Oakleigh South: 13.1% Anglican, Oakleigh South: 5.1% Hinduism, Oakleigh South: 4.0% Buddhism, Oakleigh South: 3.9% Uniting Church, Oakleigh South: 1.5% Judaism, Oakleigh South: 1.5% Christian,nfd, Oakleigh South: 1.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Oakleigh South: 1.3% Islam, Oakleigh South: 1.0%
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 South: -111 Greek Orthodox, Oakleigh South: -40 Anglican, Oakleigh South: -195 Hinduism, Oakleigh South: +76 Buddhism, Oakleigh South: +21 Uniting Church, Oakleigh South: -33 Judaism, Oakleigh South: -1 Christian,nfd, Oakleigh South: +13 Presbyterian and Reformed, Oakleigh South: -46 Islam, Oakleigh South: -19
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 South 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, 59.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 30.2% said they had no religion, compared with 60.0% and 31.7% respectively for City of Monash.

The largest single religion in Oakleigh South was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.3% of the population or 1,134 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (13.1% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.3% compared to 18.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (3.9% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (1.5% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-195 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-111 persons)
  • Hinduism (+76 persons)
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