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In the City of Moreland, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+19,081) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic43,18026.623.247,83232.527.1-4,652
Islam15,8519.84.213,7139.33.6+2,138
Greek Orthodox9,6195.93.510,3217.04.0-702
Anglican5,9903.77.68,0225.410.8-2,032
Hinduism4,8013.02.93,4882.42.0+1,313
Buddhism3,3872.13.83,3982.34.0-11
Christian,nfd2,2121.42.61,4351.01.9+777
Uniting Church2,0231.22.32,8381.93.4-815
Presbyterian and Reformed1,2230.81.61,6611.12.1-438
Sikhism7910.51.19510.60.7-160
Baptist7710.51.38770.61.5-106
Pentecostal5790.40.94910.30.9+88
Maronite Catholic4090.30.16850.50.1-276
Other Protestant3760.20.42710.20.3+105
Other Eastern Catholic3640.20.22760.20.1+88
Jehova's Witnesses3430.20.23560.20.3-13
Lutheran3360.20.35700.40.6-234
Other Eastern Orthodox3280.20.17750.50.5-447
Judaism2070.10.92110.11.1-4
Serbian Orthodox1850.10.22350.20.3-50
Other Non-Christian Religions1830.10.11490.10.1+34
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1700.10.21940.10.2-24
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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
City of Moreland - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total69,20242.646.378,13153.155.8-8,929
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total25,58215.713.222,33615.211.8+3,246
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,2340.80.61,5041.00.9-270
map this data in atlas.idNo religion52,60432.431.333,52322.823.5+19,081
Not stated
13,9178.68.611,7528.08.1+2,165

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, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 4.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Sikhism, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Moreland: 26.6% Islam, City of Moreland: 9.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Moreland: 5.9% Anglican, City of Moreland: 3.7% Hinduism, City of Moreland: 3.0% Buddhism, City of Moreland: 2.1% Christian,nfd, City of Moreland: 1.4% Uniting Church, City of Moreland: 1.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moreland: 0.8% Sikhism, City of Moreland: 0.5%
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, City of Moreland: -4,652 Islam, City of Moreland: +2,138 Greek Orthodox, City of Moreland: -702 Anglican, City of Moreland: -2,032 Hinduism, City of Moreland: +1,313 Buddhism, City of Moreland: -11 Christian,nfd, City of Moreland: +777 Uniting Church, City of Moreland: -815 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Moreland: -438 Sikhism, City of Moreland: -160
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 the City of Moreland in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 58.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 32.4% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Moreland was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.6% of the population or 43,180 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 (9.8% compared to 4.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.6% compared to 23.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (5.9% compared to 3.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (3.7% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-4,652 persons)
  • Islam (+2,138 persons)
  • Anglican (-2,032 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,313 persons)
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