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In Somerville, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,131) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Somerville'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.

Somerville'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
Somerville - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,14719.020.52,18520.022.0-39
Anglican2,04018.116.42,50922.921.1-469
Uniting Church3803.43.85094.75.0-129
Presbyterian and Reformed3483.12.84504.13.6-102
Christian,nfd2562.32.02552.31.7+1
Baptist1641.51.31881.71.5-24
Buddhism810.70.8610.60.8+20
Pentecostal770.70.41371.30.5-60
Greek Orthodox450.41.1540.51.1-9
Jehova's Witnesses340.30.4260.20.4+8
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)330.30.2280.30.2+4
Other Protestant280.30.3100.10.1+19
Salvation Army230.20.2270.20.2-4
Lutheran210.20.3670.60.6-46
Islam150.10.1100.10.2+5
Serbian Orthodox120.10.130.00.1+9
Churches of Christ100.10.2160.10.2-6
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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
Somerville - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total5,62849.950.26,48859.358.8-860
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1040.91.51271.21.7-23
Non-classifiable religious belief
820.70.7640.61.0+19
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,47539.739.13,34430.528.9+1,131
Not stated
8837.88.59238.49.7-40

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% Presbyterian and Reformed, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 2.0% Baptist, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.3% Buddhism, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8% Pentecostal, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.4% Greek Orthodox, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.1% Jehova's Witnesses, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Somerville: 19.0% Anglican, Somerville: 18.1% Uniting Church, Somerville: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Somerville: 3.1% Christian,nfd, Somerville: 2.3% Baptist, Somerville: 1.5% Buddhism, Somerville: 0.7% Pentecostal, Somerville: 0.7% Greek Orthodox, Somerville: 0.4% Jehova's Witnesses, Somerville: 0.3%
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, Somerville: -39 Anglican, Somerville: -469 Uniting Church, Somerville: -129 Presbyterian and Reformed, Somerville: -102 Christian,nfd, Somerville: +1 Baptist, Somerville: -24 Buddhism, Somerville: +20 Pentecostal, Somerville: -60 Greek Orthodox, Somerville: -9 Jehova's Witnesses, Somerville: +8
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 Somerville 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, 50.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.7% said they had no religion, compared with 51.7% and 39.1% respectively for Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The largest single religion in Somerville was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.0% of the population or 2,147 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.1% compared to 16.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.0% compared to 20.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-469 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-129 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-102 persons)
  • Pentecostal (-60 persons)
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