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Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers

Religion

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In Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+641) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic74816.220.573417.222.0+14
Anglican69715.116.490721.221.1-210
Uniting Church2024.43.82355.55.0-33
Christian,nfd962.12.0681.61.7+28
Presbyterian and Reformed881.92.81172.73.6-28
Baptist451.01.3711.71.5-26
Buddhism240.50.8380.90.8-15

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
Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total1,92441.750.22,20651.758.8-282
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total310.71.5731.71.7-42
Non-classifiable religious belief
140.30.7501.21.0-36
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,10745.639.11,46534.328.9+641
Not stated
49610.88.547511.19.7+22

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, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 20.5% Anglican, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 16.4% Uniting Church, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 2.8% Baptist, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.3% Buddhism, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 16.2% Anglican, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 15.1% Uniting Church, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 4.4% Christian,nfd, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 1.9% Baptist, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 1.0% Buddhism, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: 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, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: +14 Anglican, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: -210 Uniting Church, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: -33 Christian,nfd, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: +28 Presbyterian and Reformed, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: -28 Baptist, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: -26 Buddhism, Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers: -15
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 Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers in 2016 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, 42.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 45.6% said they had no religion, compared with 51.7% and 39.1% respectively for Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The largest single religion in Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 16.2% of the population or 748 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (16.2% compared to 20.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (15.1% compared to 16.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the religious affiliation of the population in Balnarring - Balnarring Beach - Merricks - Merricks Beach - Somers between 2011 and 2016 was for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-210 persons)
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