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Religion

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In Mornington Peninsula Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+18,815) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Mornington Peninsula Shire'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.

Mornington Peninsula Shire'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
Mornington Peninsula Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic31,77920.523.231,84722.027.1-68
Anglican25,37016.47.630,55721.110.8-5,187
Uniting Church5,9573.82.37,2185.03.4-1,261
Presbyterian and Reformed4,3312.81.65,2423.62.1-911
Christian,nfd3,0262.02.62,4901.71.9+536
Baptist1,9941.31.32,2231.51.5-229
Greek Orthodox1,7291.13.51,5561.14.0+173
Buddhism1,2120.83.81,1700.84.0+42
Pentecostal6560.40.97600.50.9-104
Jehova's Witnesses5850.40.25590.40.3+26
Lutheran5360.30.38000.60.6-264
Other Protestant3880.30.42050.10.3+183
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)3740.20.23270.20.2+47
Churches of Christ3080.20.23360.20.2-28
Hinduism2890.22.92550.22.0+34
Salvation Army2770.20.13080.20.2-31
Islam1990.14.22210.23.6-22
Judaism1960.10.92310.21.1-35
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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
Mornington Peninsula Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total77,82450.246.385,04558.855.8-7,221
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,3751.513.22,4201.711.8-45
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,0730.70.61,3821.00.9-309
map this data in atlas.idNo religion60,60439.131.341,78928.923.5+18,815
Not stated
13,1138.58.613,9749.78.1-861

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% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Jehova's Witnesses, Greater Melbourne: 0.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 20.5% Anglican, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 16.4% Uniting Church, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 3.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 2.0% Baptist, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.3% Greek Orthodox, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.1% Buddhism, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8% Pentecostal, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.4% Jehova's Witnesses, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -68 Anglican, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -5,187 Uniting Church, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -1,261 Presbyterian and Reformed, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -911 Christian,nfd, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +536 Baptist, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -229 Greek Orthodox, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +173 Buddhism, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +42 Pentecostal, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -104 Jehova's Witnesses, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +26
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 Mornington Peninsula Shire 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, 51.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.1% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in Mornington Peninsula Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 20.5% of the population or 31,779 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Mornington Peninsula Shire and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (16.4% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.1% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.8% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.2% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-5,187 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,261 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-911 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+536 persons)
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