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In the City of Moreland, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+10,256) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

The City of Moreland'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 Moreland'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
City of Moreland - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic47,83232.527.149,44636.428.2-1,614
Islam13,7139.33.610,6217.82.8+3,092
Greek Orthodox10,3217.04.010,6567.84.3-335
Anglican8,0225.410.89,2056.812.2-1,183
Hinduism3,4882.42.01,5851.21.1+1,903
Buddhism3,3982.34.02,7072.03.5+691
Uniting Church2,8381.93.43,3012.44.0-463
Presbyterian and Reformed1,6611.12.11,8871.42.3-226
Christian,nfd1,4351.01.91,1770.91.4+258
Sikhism9510.60.72190.20.2+732
Baptist8770.61.51,0320.81.4-155
Other Eastern Orthodox7750.50.58910.70.6-116
Maronite Catholic6850.50.15330.40.1+152
Lutheran5700.40.66380.50.7-68
Pentecostal4910.30.94560.30.8+35
Jehova's Witnesses3560.20.33560.30.30
Other Eastern Catholic2760.20.13920.30.1-116
Other Protestant2710.20.32860.20.3-15
Serbian Orthodox2350.20.32510.20.3-16
Judaism2110.11.11470.11.1+64
Salvation Army2070.10.22380.20.2-31
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1940.10.22130.20.2-19
Macedonian Orthodox1710.10.51580.10.6+13
Coptic Orthodox1650.10.21360.10.1+29
Russian Orthodox1500.10.11440.10.1+6
Other Non-Christian Religions1490.10.11640.10.1-15
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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
City of Moreland - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total78,13153.155.882,13960.559.0-4,008
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total22,33615.211.815,86211.79.1+6,474
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,5041.00.91,3091.00.8+195
map this data in atlas.idNo religion33,52322.823.523,26717.120.0+10,256
Not stated
11,7528.08.113,1839.711.1-1,431

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, Greater Melbourne: 27.1% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 10.8% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Sikhism, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Moreland: 32.5% Islam, City of Moreland: 9.3% Greek Orthodox, City of Moreland: 7.0% Anglican, City of Moreland: 5.4% Hinduism, City of Moreland: 2.4% Buddhism, City of Moreland: 2.3% Uniting Church, City of Moreland: 1.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moreland: 1.1% Christian,nfd, City of Moreland: 1.0% Sikhism, City of Moreland: 0.6%
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, City of Moreland: -1,614 Islam, City of Moreland: +3,092 Greek Orthodox, City of Moreland: -335 Anglican, City of Moreland: -1,183 Hinduism, City of Moreland: +1,903 Buddhism, City of Moreland: +691 Uniting Church, City of Moreland: -463 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moreland: -226 Christian,nfd, City of Moreland: +258 Sikhism, City of Moreland: +732
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 the City of Moreland in 2011 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, 68.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.8% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Moreland was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.5% of the population or 47,832 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (9.3% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (32.5% compared to 27.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (7.0% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (5.4% compared to 10.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+3,092 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,903 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,614 persons)
  • Anglican (-1,183 persons)
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