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Mornington Peninsula Shire

Religion

In Mornington Peninsula Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+7,665) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Mornington Peninsula Shire - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic31,84722.027.128,76821.128.2+3,079
Anglican30,55721.110.829,83221.912.2+725
Uniting Church7,2185.03.47,4115.44.0-193
Presbyterian and Reformed5,2423.62.15,2783.92.3-36
Christian,nfd2,4901.71.91,7041.21.4+786
Baptist2,2231.51.52,3341.71.4-111
Greek Orthodox1,5561.14.01,3121.04.3+244
Buddhism1,1700.84.07180.53.5+452
Lutheran8000.60.67750.60.7+25
Pentecostal7600.50.99380.70.8-178
Jehova's Witnesses5590.40.35580.40.3+1
Churches of Christ3360.20.23880.30.3-52
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)3270.20.22630.20.2+64
Salvation Army3080.20.23240.20.2-16
Hinduism2550.22.01710.11.1+84
Judaism2310.21.11460.11.1+85
Islam2210.23.61720.12.8+49
Other Protestant2050.10.31980.10.3+7
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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
Mornington Peninsula Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total85,04558.855.880,57559.059.0+4,470
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,4201.711.81,6601.29.1+760
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,3821.00.91,1640.90.8+218
map this data in atlas.idNo religion41,78928.923.534,12425.020.0+7,665
Not stated
13,9749.78.118,95913.911.1-4,985

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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Melbourne: 27.1% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 10.8% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Lutheran, Greater Melbourne: 0.6% Pentecostal, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 22.0% Anglican, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 21.1% 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% Greek Orthodox, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.1% Buddhism, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8% Lutheran, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.6% Pentecostal, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +3,079 Anglican, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +725 Uniting Church, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -193 Presbyterian and Reformed, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -36 Christian,nfd, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +786 Baptist, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -111 Greek Orthodox, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +244 Buddhism, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +452 Lutheran, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +25 Pentecostal, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -178
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 Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2011 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, 60.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.9% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in Mornington Peninsula Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.0% of the population or 31,847 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 (21.1% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.0% compared to 27.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.2% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.8% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+3,079 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+786 persons)
  • Anglican (+725 persons)
  • Buddhism (+452 persons)