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In Essendon West, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+83) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Essendon West'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 West'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 West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Moonee Valley %Number%City of Moonee Valley %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic62245.037.861946.042.3+3
Anglican967.05.614010.58.0-44
Uniting Church513.72.2675.03.3-15
Greek Orthodox433.14.6302.35.0+12
Christian,nfd251.81.690.71.0+16
Buddhism231.72.5332.52.7-10
Presbyterian and Reformed221.61.1261.91.6-4

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 West - 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 total89564.756.796972.165.6-75
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total554.08.2413.17.9+14
Non-classifiable religious belief
20.20.5110.80.7-8
map this data in atlas.idNo religion32923.826.224718.418.6+83
Not stated
967.08.4765.77.2+21

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% Uniting Church, City of Moonee Valley: 2.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Moonee Valley: 4.6% Christian,nfd, City of Moonee Valley: 1.6% Buddhism, City of Moonee Valley: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moonee Valley: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Essendon West: 45.0% Anglican, Essendon West: 7.0% Uniting Church, Essendon West: 3.7% Greek Orthodox, Essendon West: 3.1% Christian,nfd, Essendon West: 1.8% Buddhism, Essendon West: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Essendon West: 1.6%
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, Essendon West: +3 Anglican, Essendon West: -44 Uniting Church, Essendon West: -15 Greek Orthodox, Essendon West: +12 Christian,nfd, Essendon West: +16 Buddhism, Essendon West: -10 Presbyterian and Reformed, Essendon West: -4
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 Essendon West in 2016 compared to the City of Moonee Valley shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 68.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.8% 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 West was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 45.0% of the population or 622 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (45.0% compared to 37.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (3.7% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (7.0% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.1% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

There were no major differences in Essendon West between 2011 and 2016.

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