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Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers

Religion

In Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+342) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers'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.

Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers'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
Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2006 to 2011
Anglican90821.221.179520.321.9+113
Western (Roman) Catholic73517.222.071318.321.1+21
Uniting Church2355.55.02596.65.4-23
Presbyterian and Reformed1172.73.61363.53.9-19
Baptist711.71.5511.31.7+20
Christian,nfd681.61.7481.21.2+20
Buddhism390.90.8340.90.5+4
Greek Orthodox230.51.1130.31.0+10
Lutheran220.50.6290.70.6-7

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
Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total2,20751.758.82,10153.859.0+106
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total731.71.7581.51.2+15
Non-classifiable religious belief
501.21.0431.10.9+7
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,46634.328.91,12328.825.0+342
Not stated
47511.19.758014.813.9-105

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 Anglican, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 21.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 22.0% Uniting Church, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 5.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 3.6% Baptist, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.5% Christian,nfd, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.7% Buddhism, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8% Greek Orthodox, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.1% Lutheran, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.6% Anglican, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 21.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 17.2% Uniting Church, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 5.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 2.7% Baptist, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 1.7% Christian,nfd, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 1.6% Buddhism, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 0.9% Greek Orthodox, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 0.5% Lutheran, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 0.5%
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 Anglican, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: +113 Western (Roman) Catholic, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: +21 Uniting Church, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: -23 Presbyterian and Reformed, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: -19 Baptist, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: +20 Christian,nfd, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: +20 Buddhism, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: +4 Greek Orthodox, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: +10 Lutheran, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: -7
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 Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers in 2011 compared to Mornington Peninsula Shire shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 53.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 34.3% said they had no religion, compared with 60.5% and 28.9% respectively for Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The largest single religion in Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers was Anglican, with 21.2% of the population or 908 people as adherents.

The major difference between the religious affiliation for the population of Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers and Mornington Peninsula Shire was:

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (17.2% compared to 22.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the religious affiliation of the population in Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers between 2006 and 2011 was for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (+113 persons)