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In Wheelers Hill, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,786) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Wheelers Hill'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.

Wheelers Hill'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
Wheelers Hill - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic4,53222.918.84,98026.122.8-448
Anglican1,6318.35.72,07610.98.6-445
Greek Orthodox1,2806.56.81,5258.07.8-245
Buddhism1,0365.26.81,0455.56.7-9
Hinduism7743.95.25953.14.1+179
Uniting Church7383.72.99485.04.4-210
Christian,nfd6083.12.54012.12.0+207
Presbyterian and Reformed4002.01.74582.42.3-58
Baptist3711.91.74322.32.0-61
Islam2601.32.33221.72.1-62
Pentecostal1971.01.02431.31.1-46
Armenian Apostolic1931.00.32321.20.3-39
Sikhism1450.70.8790.40.8+66
Other Protestant980.50.5650.30.4+33
Coptic Orthodox870.40.2880.50.2-1
Baha'i640.30.1440.20.1+20
Lutheran610.30.31080.60.6-47
Churches of Christ420.20.2620.30.3-20
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)420.20.1430.20.2-1
Judaism370.20.4500.30.5-13
Other Eastern Catholic300.20.1150.10.0+15
Serbian Orthodox290.10.2410.20.2-12
Salvation Army280.10.1390.20.1-11
Seventh Day Adventist230.10.1330.20.2-10
Other Eastern Orthodox200.10.1980.50.3-78
Russian Orthodox200.10.2420.20.2-22
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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
Wheelers Hill - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total10,50253.244.012,05663.154.6-1,554
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,33011.816.02,20511.514.6+125
Non-classifiable religious belief
510.30.51090.60.6-58
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,45427.631.73,66819.223.3+1,786
Not stated
1,2766.57.81,0635.66.9+213

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Monash: 6.8% Buddhism, 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% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: 1.7% Baptist, City of Monash: 1.7% Islam, City of Monash: 2.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Wheelers Hill: 22.9% Anglican, Wheelers Hill: 8.3% Greek Orthodox, Wheelers Hill: 6.5% Buddhism, Wheelers Hill: 5.2% Hinduism, Wheelers Hill: 3.9% Uniting Church, Wheelers Hill: 3.7% Christian,nfd, Wheelers Hill: 3.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Wheelers Hill: 2.0% Baptist, Wheelers Hill: 1.9% Islam, Wheelers Hill: 1.3%
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, Wheelers Hill: -448 Anglican, Wheelers Hill: -445 Greek Orthodox, Wheelers Hill: -245 Buddhism, Wheelers Hill: -9 Hinduism, Wheelers Hill: +179 Uniting Church, Wheelers Hill: -210 Christian,nfd, Wheelers Hill: +207 Presbyterian and Reformed, Wheelers Hill: -58 Baptist, Wheelers Hill: -61 Islam, Wheelers Hill: -62
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 Wheelers Hill in 2016 compared to City of Monash shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 65.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 27.6% said they had no religion, compared with 60.0% and 31.7% respectively for City of Monash.

The largest single religion in Wheelers Hill was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.9% of the population or 4,532 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.9% compared to 18.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (8.3% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (5.2% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (3.9% compared to 5.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-448 persons)
  • Anglican (-445 persons)
  • Greek Orthodox (-245 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-210 persons)
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