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In Essendon, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,916) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Essendon'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.

Essendon'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
Essendon - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Moonee Valley %Number%City of Moonee Valley %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic7,92738.537.88,21543.642.3-288
Greek Orthodox8534.14.68294.45.0+24
Uniting Church5672.82.27423.93.3-175
Presbyterian and Reformed2251.11.13661.91.6-141
Other Protestant530.30.3430.20.2+10
Maronite Catholic500.20.1680.40.2-18
Jehova's Witnesses360.20.2330.20.2+3
Other Eastern Catholic340.20.2210.10.2+13
Coptic Orthodox290.
Other Eastern Orthodox270.10.1690.40.5-42
Serbian Orthodox270.10.2210.10.2+6
Churches of Christ200.10.1630.30.1-43
Macedonian Orthodox190.10.3180.10.3+1
Russian Orthodox180.10.1220.10.1-4
Other Oriental Orthodox140.10.2220.10.2-8
Assyrian Apostolic140.
Other Non-Christian Religions130.10.1100.10.1+3
Salvation Army100.00.1120.10.1-2
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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
Essendon - 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 total11,79157.256.712,78367.865.6-992
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,5127.38.21,2076.47.9+305
Non-classifiable religious belief
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,29825.726.23,38217.918.6+1,916
Not stated

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% Anglican, City of Moonee Valley: 5.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Moonee Valley: 4.6% Hinduism, City of Moonee Valley: 2.1% Uniting Church, City of Moonee Valley: 2.2% Buddhism, City of Moonee Valley: 2.5% Christian,nfd, City of Moonee Valley: 1.6% Islam, City of Moonee Valley: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moonee Valley: 1.1% Baptist, City of Moonee Valley: 0.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Essendon: 38.5% Anglican, Essendon: 6.1% Greek Orthodox, Essendon: 4.1% Hinduism, Essendon: 3.8% Uniting Church, Essendon: 2.8% Buddhism, Essendon: 1.6% Christian,nfd, Essendon: 1.5% Islam, Essendon: 1.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Essendon: 1.1% Baptist, Essendon: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Essendon: -288 Anglican, Essendon: -402 Greek Orthodox, Essendon: +24 Hinduism, Essendon: +241 Uniting Church, Essendon: -175 Buddhism, Essendon: +35 Christian,nfd, Essendon: +153 Islam, Essendon: +54 Presbyterian and Reformed, Essendon: -141 Baptist, Essendon: -38
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Essendon in 2016 compared to the City of Moonee Valley shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 64.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.7% said they had no religion, compared with 64.8% and 26.2% respectively for the City of Moonee Valley.

The largest single religion in Essendon was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 38.5% of the population or 7,927 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (3.8% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.4% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-402 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-288 persons)
  • Hinduism (+241 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-175 persons)