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In the City of Whittlesea, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+13,871) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic50,76732.827.143,50734.928.2+7,260
Greek Orthodox12,1427.84.011,2959.14.3+847
Anglican11,3587.310.89,4297.612.2+1,929
Islam10,2266.63.66,7645.42.8+3,462
Macedonian Orthodox7,3794.80.57,4306.00.6-51
Buddhism5,3743.54.03,9423.23.5+1,432
Hinduism3,7062.42.01,6201.31.1+2,086
Other Eastern Orthodox3,6772.40.53,1482.50.6+529
Uniting Church3,0882.03.42,6072.14.0+481
Sikhism2,7721.80.79150.70.2+1,857
Presbyterian and Reformed2,2741.52.11,9421.62.3+332
Christian,nfd2,1811.41.91,1510.91.4+1,030
Pentecostal1,3620.90.91,0550.80.8+307
Baptist1,2990.81.59600.81.4+339
Coptic Orthodox6480.40.24710.40.1+177
Serbian Orthodox5560.40.35010.40.3+55
Jehova's Witnesses4970.30.34290.30.3+68
Lutheran4200.30.63620.30.7+58
Other Protestant3180.20.32750.20.3+43
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)3160.20.22600.20.2+56
Salvation Army2800.20.22560.20.2+24
Maronite Catholic2450.20.11670.10.1+78
Other Eastern Catholic2410.20.12030.20.1+38
Seventh Day Adventist2210.10.21990.20.2+22
Other Oriental Orthodox1750.10.1620.00.0+113
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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
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total99,90764.555.886,03669.059.0+13,871
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total22,64214.611.813,57210.99.1+9,070
Non-classifiable religious belief
8820.60.95710.50.8+311
map this data in atlas.idNo religion21,51713.923.514,39511.520.0+7,122
Not stated
9,9286.48.110,0728.111.1-144

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% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 10.8% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Macedonian Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 0.5% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Other Eastern Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 0.5% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Sikhism, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Whittlesea: 32.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: 7.8% Anglican, City of Whittlesea: 7.3% Islam, City of Whittlesea: 6.6% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: 4.8% Buddhism, City of Whittlesea: 3.5% Hinduism, City of Whittlesea: 2.4% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: 2.4% Uniting Church, City of Whittlesea: 2.0% Sikhism, City of Whittlesea: 1.8%
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, City of Whittlesea: +7,260 Greek Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: +847 Anglican, City of Whittlesea: +1,929 Islam, City of Whittlesea: +3,462 Macedonian Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: -51 Buddhism, City of Whittlesea: +1,432 Hinduism, City of Whittlesea: +2,086 Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Whittlesea: +529 Uniting Church, City of Whittlesea: +481 Sikhism, City of Whittlesea: +1,857
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 the City of Whittlesea in 2011 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, 79.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 13.9% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Whittlesea was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.8% of the population or 50,767 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 (32.8% compared to 27.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Macedonian Orthodox (4.8% compared to 0.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (7.8% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (7.3% compared to 10.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+7,260 persons)
  • Islam (+3,462 persons)
  • Hinduism (+2,086 persons)
  • Anglican (+1,929 persons)
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