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In Somerville, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+246) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Somerville - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2006 to 2011
Anglican2,51022.921.12,42722.421.9+83
Western (Roman) Catholic2,18620.022.02,10919.521.1+77
Uniting Church5104.75.04804.45.4+30
Presbyterian and Reformed4504.13.64494.13.9+2
Christian,nfd2562.31.71651.51.2+91
Baptist1881.71.52442.31.7-56
Pentecostal1371.30.51311.20.7+6
Lutheran670.60.6430.40.6+24
Buddhism620.60.8400.40.5+21
Greek Orthodox550.51.1580.51.0-3
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)290.30.2300.30.2-1
Salvation Army270.20.2200.20.2+7
Jehova's Witnesses260.20.4270.30.4-1
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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
Somerville - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total6,48959.358.86,24357.759.0+246
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1281.21.7700.71.2+57
Non-classifiable religious belief
640.61.0820.80.9-18
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,34530.528.93,14129.025.0+204
Not stated
9248.49.71,28611.913.9-362

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% Christian,nfd, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.7% Baptist, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.5% Pentecostal, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.5% Lutheran, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.6% Buddhism, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8% Greek Orthodox, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.1% Anglican, Somerville: 22.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Somerville: 20.0% Uniting Church, Somerville: 4.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Somerville: 4.1% Christian,nfd, Somerville: 2.3% Baptist, Somerville: 1.7% Pentecostal, Somerville: 1.3% Lutheran, Somerville: 0.6% Buddhism, Somerville: 0.6% Greek Orthodox, Somerville: 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, Somerville: +83 Western (Roman) Catholic, Somerville: +77 Uniting Church, Somerville: +30 Presbyterian and Reformed, Somerville: +2 Christian,nfd, Somerville: +91 Baptist, Somerville: -56 Pentecostal, Somerville: +6 Lutheran, Somerville: +24 Buddhism, Somerville: +21 Greek Orthodox, Somerville: -3
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 Somerville in 2011 compared to Mornington Peninsula Shire shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 30.5% said they had no religion, compared with 60.5% and 28.9% respectively for Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The largest single religion in Somerville was Anglican, with 22.9% of the population or 2,510 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 (22.9% compared to 21.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (20.0% compared to 22.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Somerville between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Christian,nfd (+91 persons)
  • Anglican (+83 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+77 persons)
  • Baptist (-56 persons)