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In South Gippsland Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,948) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

South Gippsland 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.

South Gippsland 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
South Gippsland Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Anglican5,15718.916.75,35220.817.8-195
Western (Roman) Catholic5,00918.425.14,85518.925.0+154
Uniting Church2,5979.58.62,84711.19.9-250
Presbyterian and Reformed1,0844.04.21,1304.44.5-46
Christian,nfd5902.21.93571.41.4+233
Pentecostal2110.80.82861.10.9-75
Baptist2090.81.42120.81.4-3
Buddhism1770.70.7850.30.5+92
Lutheran1490.51.31410.51.4+8
Salvation Army1220.40.41130.40.4+9
Seventh Day Adventist630.20.2360.10.2+27
Jehova's Witnesses620.20.3850.30.3-23
Greek Orthodox530.20.5510.20.5+2
Other Protestant420.20.2490.20.2-7
Hinduism310.10.2120.00.1+19
Islam310.10.6250.10.5+6
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)280.10.2240.10.2+4
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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
South Gippsland Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total15,48056.962.715,63860.864.9-158
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3531.32.02270.91.5+126
Non-classifiable religious belief
2731.00.81550.60.7+118
map this data in atlas.idNo religion8,45631.125.46,50825.321.5+1,948
Not stated
2,6529.79.03,21312.511.4-561

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, Regional VIC: 16.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional VIC: 25.1% Uniting Church, Regional VIC: 8.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 1.9% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.8% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.4% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.7% Lutheran, Regional VIC: 1.3% Salvation Army, Regional VIC: 0.4% Anglican, South Gippsland Shire: 18.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, South Gippsland Shire: 18.4% Uniting Church, South Gippsland Shire: 9.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, South Gippsland Shire: 4.0% Christian,nfd, South Gippsland Shire: 2.2% Pentecostal, South Gippsland Shire: 0.8% Baptist, South Gippsland Shire: 0.8% Buddhism, South Gippsland Shire: 0.7% Lutheran, South Gippsland Shire: 0.5% Salvation Army, South Gippsland Shire: 0.4%
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, South Gippsland Shire: -195 Western (Roman) Catholic, South Gippsland Shire: +154 Uniting Church, South Gippsland Shire: -250 Presbyterian and Reformed, South Gippsland Shire: -46 Christian,nfd, South Gippsland Shire: +233 Pentecostal, South Gippsland Shire: -75 Baptist, South Gippsland Shire: -3 Buddhism, South Gippsland Shire: +92 Lutheran, South Gippsland Shire: +8 Salvation Army, South Gippsland Shire: +9
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 South Gippsland Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 58.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 31.1% said they had no religion, compared with 64.7% and 25.4% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in South Gippsland Shire was Anglican, with 18.9% of the population or 5,157 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of South Gippsland Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.9% compared to 16.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (18.4% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Uniting Church (-250 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+233 persons)
  • Anglican (-195 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+154 persons)
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