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In Ascot Vale, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,661) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Ascot Vale'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.

Ascot Vale'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
Ascot Vale - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Moonee Valley %Number%City of Moonee Valley %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic4,27529.037.84,42632.842.3-151
Islam7365.02.96234.62.8+113
Anglican7174.95.61,0207.68.0-303
Greek Orthodox4963.44.65634.25.0-67
Buddhism4302.92.54213.12.7+9
Uniting Church2811.92.24243.13.3-143
Christian,nfd2411.61.61260.91.0+115
Hinduism1721.22.12031.51.6-31
Presbyterian and Reformed1360.91.11651.21.6-29
Baptist1020.70.81321.00.9-30
Other Oriental Orthodox980.70.2890.70.2+9
Pentecostal540.40.5430.30.5+11
Other Protestant350.20.3370.30.2-2
Jehova's Witnesses350.20.2420.30.2-7
Lutheran280.20.3440.30.4-16
Other Non-Christian Religions230.20.1350.30.1-12
Sikhism230.20.4250.20.4-2
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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
Ascot Vale - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Moonee Valley %Number%City of Moonee Valley %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total6,59144.756.77,29454.165.6-703
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,4029.58.21,34610.07.9+56
Non-classifiable religious belief
1040.70.51501.10.7-46
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,14834.926.23,48725.818.6+1,661
Not stated
1,3929.48.41,2169.07.2+176

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 Moonee Valley: 37.8% Islam, City of Moonee Valley: 2.9% Anglican, City of Moonee Valley: 5.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Moonee Valley: 4.6% Buddhism, City of Moonee Valley: 2.5% Uniting Church, City of Moonee Valley: 2.2% Christian,nfd, City of Moonee Valley: 1.6% Hinduism, City of Moonee Valley: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moonee Valley: 1.1% Baptist, City of Moonee Valley: 0.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Ascot Vale: 29.0% Islam, Ascot Vale: 5.0% Anglican, Ascot Vale: 4.9% Greek Orthodox, Ascot Vale: 3.4% Buddhism, Ascot Vale: 2.9% Uniting Church, Ascot Vale: 1.9% Christian,nfd, Ascot Vale: 1.6% Hinduism, Ascot Vale: 1.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Ascot Vale: 0.9% Baptist, Ascot Vale: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Ascot Vale: -151 Islam, Ascot Vale: +113 Anglican, Ascot Vale: -303 Greek Orthodox, Ascot Vale: -67 Buddhism, Ascot Vale: +9 Uniting Church, Ascot Vale: -143 Christian,nfd, Ascot Vale: +115 Hinduism, Ascot Vale: -31 Presbyterian and Reformed, Ascot Vale: -29 Baptist, Ascot Vale: -30
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 Ascot Vale in 2016 compared to the City of Moonee Valley shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 54.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 34.9% said they had no religion, compared with 64.8% and 26.2% respectively for the City of Moonee Valley.

The largest single religion in Ascot Vale was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 29.0% of the population or 4,275 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (5.0% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (29.0% compared to 37.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.4% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-303 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-151 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-143 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+115 persons)
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