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In the City of Whittlesea, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+18,437) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2016.

The City of Whittlesea'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.

The City of Whittlesea'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
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic54,30027.523.250,76732.827.1+3,533
Islam14,5277.44.210,2266.63.6+4,301
Greek Orthodox12,4796.33.512,1427.84.0+337
Anglican10,1515.17.611,3587.310.8-1,207
Hinduism8,2714.22.93,7062.42.0+4,565
Christian,nfd7,8884.02.62,1811.41.9+5,707
Macedonian Orthodox6,6833.40.47,3794.80.5-696
Buddhism6,5663.33.85,3743.54.0+1,192
Sikhism5,7722.91.12,7721.80.7+3,000
Uniting Church2,6651.32.33,0882.03.4-423
Presbyterian and Reformed2,4581.21.62,2741.52.1+184
Pentecostal2,2581.10.91,3620.90.9+896
Baptist1,4840.81.31,2990.81.5+185
Other Eastern Catholic8290.40.22410.20.1+588
Coptic Orthodox7940.40.26480.40.2+146
Other Protestant6010.30.43180.20.3+283
Jehova's Witnesses5350.30.24970.30.3+38
Serbian Orthodox5190.30.25560.40.3-37
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)3990.20.23160.20.2+83
Seventh Day Adventist3330.20.22210.10.2+112
Other Oriental Orthodox3120.20.11750.10.1+137
Salvation Army2900.10.12800.20.2+10
Lutheran2860.10.34200.30.6-134
Other Eastern Orthodox2810.10.13,6772.40.5-3,396
Maronite Catholic2430.10.12450.20.1-2
Other Non-Christian Religions2080.10.11430.10.1+65
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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
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total106,35253.946.399,90764.555.8+6,445
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total35,80018.113.222,64214.611.8+13,158
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,0360.50.68820.60.9+154
map this data in atlas.idNo religion39,95420.231.321,51713.923.5+18,437
Not stated
14,3547.38.69,9286.48.1+4,426

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, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 4.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Macedonian Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Sikhism, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Whittlesea: 27.5% Islam, City of Whittlesea: 7.4% Greek Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: 6.3% Anglican, City of Whittlesea: 5.1% Hinduism, City of Whittlesea: 4.2% Christian,nfd, City of Whittlesea: 4.0% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: 3.4% Buddhism, City of Whittlesea: 3.3% Sikhism, City of Whittlesea: 2.9% Uniting Church, City of Whittlesea: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Whittlesea: +3,533 Islam, City of Whittlesea: +4,301 Greek Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: +337 Anglican, City of Whittlesea: -1,207 Hinduism, City of Whittlesea: +4,565 Christian,nfd, City of Whittlesea: +5,707 Macedonian Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: -696 Buddhism, City of Whittlesea: +1,192 Sikhism, City of Whittlesea: +3,000 Uniting Church, City of Whittlesea: -423
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 the City of Whittlesea in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 72.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 20.2% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Whittlesea was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.5% of the population or 54,300 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Whittlesea and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (27.5% compared to 23.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (7.4% compared to 4.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Macedonian Orthodox (3.4% compared to 0.4%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (6.3% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Christian,nfd (+5,707 persons)
  • Hinduism (+4,565 persons)
  • Islam (+4,301 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+3,533 persons)
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