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In Ascot Vale, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+863) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Ascot Vale - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Moonee Valley %Number%City of Moonee Valley %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic4,42632.842.34,23333.943.4+193
Anglican1,0207.68.01,0998.89.1-79
Islam6234.62.84533.62.3+170
Greek Orthodox5634.25.05804.65.0-17
Uniting Church4243.13.34273.44.0-3
Buddhism4213.12.74053.22.6+17
Hinduism2031.51.6930.70.8+110
Presbyterian and Reformed1651.21.61801.41.8-15
Baptist1321.00.91090.91.0+23
Christian,nfd1260.91.01120.90.9+14
Other Oriental Orthodox890.70.2510.40.1+38
Other Eastern Orthodox610.50.5500.40.5+12
Lutheran440.30.4480.40.5-4
Pentecostal430.30.5440.30.4-1
Jehova's Witnesses420.30.2470.40.2-5
Other Protestant370.30.2330.30.2+4
Other Non-Christian Religions350.30.130.00.1+32
Sikhism250.20.450.00.1+20
Coptic Orthodox200.10.2210.20.1-1
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. 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)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Moonee Valley %Number%City of Moonee Valley %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total7,29454.165.67,16557.468.7+129
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,34610.07.91,0138.16.1+333
Non-classifiable religious belief
1501.10.7980.80.6+52
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,48725.818.62,62421.015.1+863
Not stated
1,2169.07.21,57312.69.6-357

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Moonee Valley: 42.3% Anglican, City of Moonee Valley: 8.0% Islam, City of Moonee Valley: 2.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Moonee Valley: 5.0% Uniting Church, City of Moonee Valley: 3.3% Buddhism, City of Moonee Valley: 2.7% Hinduism, City of Moonee Valley: 1.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moonee Valley: 1.6% Baptist, City of Moonee Valley: 0.9% Christian,nfd, City of Moonee Valley: 1.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Ascot Vale: 32.8% Anglican, Ascot Vale: 7.6% Islam, Ascot Vale: 4.6% Greek Orthodox, Ascot Vale: 4.2% Uniting Church, Ascot Vale: 3.1% Buddhism, Ascot Vale: 3.1% Hinduism, Ascot Vale: 1.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Ascot Vale: 1.2% Baptist, Ascot Vale: 1.0% Christian,nfd, Ascot Vale: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Ascot Vale: +193 Anglican, Ascot Vale: -79 Islam, Ascot Vale: +170 Greek Orthodox, Ascot Vale: -17 Uniting Church, Ascot Vale: -3 Buddhism, Ascot Vale: +17 Hinduism, Ascot Vale: +110 Presbyterian and Reformed, Ascot Vale: -15 Baptist, Ascot Vale: +23 Christian,nfd, Ascot Vale: +14
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 64.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.8% said they had no religion, compared with 73.5% and 18.6% respectively for the City of Moonee Valley.

The largest single religion in Ascot Vale was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.8% of the population or 4,426 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 (4.6% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (32.8% compared to 42.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Ascot Vale between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+193 persons)
  • Islam (+170 persons)
  • Hinduism (+110 persons)
  • Anglican (-79 persons)