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In the City of Moonee Valley, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+10,559) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Moonee Valley'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.

The City of Moonee Valley'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
City of Moonee Valley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic44,04437.823.245,40842.327.1-1,364
Anglican6,4805.67.68,5588.010.8-2,078
Greek Orthodox5,3604.63.55,3325.04.0+28
Islam3,4302.94.23,0382.83.6+392
Buddhism2,8622.53.82,8842.74.0-22
Uniting Church2,5432.22.33,5793.33.4-1,036
Hinduism2,4332.12.91,7681.62.0+665
Christian,nfd1,9151.62.61,1151.01.9+800
Presbyterian and Reformed1,2921.11.61,6811.62.1-389
Baptist8780.81.39300.91.5-52
Pentecostal6140.50.94870.50.9+127
Sikhism4170.41.14270.40.7-10
Macedonian Orthodox3720.30.43420.30.5+30
Other Protestant3170.30.42190.20.3+98
Lutheran3100.30.34680.40.6-158
Other Oriental Orthodox2860.20.12310.20.1+55
Coptic Orthodox2590.20.22000.20.2+59
Other Eastern Catholic2310.20.21730.20.1+58
Jehova's Witnesses2190.20.22250.20.3-6
Serbian Orthodox2010.20.22120.20.3-11
Maronite Catholic1560.10.12040.20.1-48
Other Non-Christian Religions1410.10.11170.10.1+24
Other Eastern Orthodox1350.10.15610.50.5-426
Churches of Christ1070.10.21400.10.2-33
Russian Orthodox1000.10.1880.10.1+12
Judaism830.10.9710.11.1+12
Salvation Army730.10.11050.10.2-32
Seventh Day Adventist700.10.2620.10.2+8
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)700.10.2570.10.2+13
Assyrian Apostolic480.00.1400.00.0+8
Chinese and Japanese Religions440.00.0400.00.0+4
Other Christian390.00.1620.10.1-23
Paganism290.00.0360.00.1-7
Spiritualism240.00.0400.00.1-16
Wiccan/Witchcraft220.00.0260.00.0-4
Baha'i180.00.190.00.1+9
Other Nature Religions160.00.0360.00.0-20
Armenian Apostolic130.00.0110.00.0+2
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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
City of Moonee Valley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total66,13856.746.370,50265.655.8-4,364
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total9,5228.213.28,4987.911.8+1,024
Non-classifiable religious belief
6170.50.67500.70.9-133
map this data in atlas.idNo religion30,56126.231.320,00218.623.5+10,559
Not stated
9,8538.48.67,6907.28.1+2,163

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, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 4.2% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Moonee Valley: 37.8% Anglican, City of Moonee Valley: 5.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Moonee Valley: 4.6% Islam, City of Moonee Valley: 2.9% Buddhism, City of Moonee Valley: 2.5% Uniting Church, City of Moonee Valley: 2.2% Hinduism, City of Moonee Valley: 2.1% Christian,nfd, City of Moonee Valley: 1.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moonee Valley: 1.1% Baptist, City of Moonee Valley: 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, City of Moonee Valley: -1,364 Anglican, City of Moonee Valley: -2,078 Greek Orthodox, City of Moonee Valley: +28 Islam, City of Moonee Valley: +392 Buddhism, City of Moonee Valley: -22 Uniting Church, City of Moonee Valley: -1,036 Hinduism, City of Moonee Valley: +665 Christian,nfd, City of Moonee Valley: +800 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moonee Valley: -389 Baptist, City of Moonee Valley: -52
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 the City of Moonee Valley in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 64.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 26.2% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Moonee Valley was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 37.8% of the population or 44,044 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Moonee Valley and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (37.8% compared to 23.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (5.6% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.5% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (2.9% compared to 4.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-2,078 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,364 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,036 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+800 persons)
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