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In Malvern, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-193) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Malvern'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.

Malvern'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
Malvern - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Unley %Number%City of Unley %2006 to 2011
Anglican51820.113.660522.315.7-87
Western (Roman) Catholic49919.419.554320.020.5-44
Uniting Church26510.37.327610.28.8-11
Greek Orthodox1395.45.81365.06.2+3
Lutheran933.63.31134.23.5-20
Christian,nfd441.71.7200.71.1+24
Baptist331.31.6552.01.7-22
Buddhism281.11.7190.71.5+9
Presbyterian and Reformed251.00.9361.31.1-11

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
Malvern - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Unley %Number%City of Unley %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total1,65664.355.91,84968.261.2-193
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total612.44.8431.63.5+18
Non-classifiable religious belief
180.70.9250.90.9-7
map this data in atlas.idNo religion59623.129.750718.724.5+89
Not stated
2449.58.728910.79.9-45

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, City of Unley: 13.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Unley: 19.5% Uniting Church, City of Unley: 7.3% Greek Orthodox, City of Unley: 5.8% Lutheran, City of Unley: 3.3% Christian,nfd, City of Unley: 1.7% Baptist, City of Unley: 1.6% Buddhism, City of Unley: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Unley: 0.9% Anglican, Malvern: 20.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Malvern: 19.4% Uniting Church, Malvern: 10.3% Greek Orthodox, Malvern: 5.4% Lutheran, Malvern: 3.6% Christian,nfd, Malvern: 1.7% Baptist, Malvern: 1.3% Buddhism, Malvern: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Malvern: 1.0%
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, Malvern: -87 Western (Roman) Catholic, Malvern: -44 Uniting Church, Malvern: -11 Greek Orthodox, Malvern: +3 Lutheran, Malvern: -20 Christian,nfd, Malvern: +24 Baptist, Malvern: -22 Buddhism, Malvern: +9 Presbyterian and Reformed, Malvern: -11
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 Malvern in 2011 compared to the City of Unley shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 66.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.1% said they had no religion, compared with 60.7% and 29.7% respectively for the City of Unley.

The largest single religion in Malvern was Anglican, with 20.1% of the population or 518 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Malvern and the City of Unley were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (20.1% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (10.3% compared to 7.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the religious affiliation of the population in Malvern between 2006 and 2011 was for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-87 persons)