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In the City of Yarra, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+8,048) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

The City of Yarra'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 Yarra'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 Yarra - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic14,71319.927.114,95521.628.2-242
Anglican5,5567.510.85,9898.612.2-433
Buddhism3,9195.34.04,0495.83.5-130
Greek Orthodox3,0504.14.03,2964.84.3-246
Islam1,6142.23.61,2341.82.8+380
Uniting Church1,5462.13.41,8032.64.0-257
Christian,nfd8121.11.96080.91.4+204
Presbyterian and Reformed8121.12.18881.32.3-76
Hinduism4710.62.03060.41.1+165
Judaism4480.61.13910.61.1+57
Baptist4220.61.54360.61.4-14
Lutheran3450.50.63650.50.7-20
Pentecostal2070.30.91700.20.8+37
Other Eastern Orthodox1720.20.51390.20.6+33
Serbian Orthodox1230.20.31330.20.3-10
Other Non-Christian Religions1200.20.11090.20.1+11
Macedonian Orthodox1070.10.51130.20.6-6
Other Protestant940.10.31160.20.3-22
Salvation Army790.10.2830.10.2-4
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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
City of Yarra - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total28,49238.555.829,52442.659.0-1,032
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6,9189.311.86,4599.39.1+459
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,2451.70.91,2521.80.8-7
map this data in atlas.idNo religion29,43439.723.521,38630.820.0+8,048
Not stated
8,00210.88.110,70915.411.1-2,707

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% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Judaism, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Yarra: 19.9% Anglican, City of Yarra: 7.5% Buddhism, City of Yarra: 5.3% Greek Orthodox, City of Yarra: 4.1% Islam, City of Yarra: 2.2% Uniting Church, City of Yarra: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Yarra: 1.1% Christian,nfd, City of Yarra: 1.1% Hinduism, City of Yarra: 0.6% Judaism, City of Yarra: 0.6%
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 Yarra: -242 Anglican, City of Yarra: -433 Buddhism, City of Yarra: -130 Greek Orthodox, City of Yarra: -246 Islam, City of Yarra: +380 Uniting Church, City of Yarra: -257 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Yarra: -76 Christian,nfd, City of Yarra: +204 Hinduism, City of Yarra: +165 Judaism, City of Yarra: +57
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 Yarra 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, 47.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.7% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Yarra was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.9% of the population or 14,713 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.9% compared to 27.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (7.5% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (2.2% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.6% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-433 persons)
  • Islam (+380 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-257 persons)
  • Greek Orthodox (-246 persons)
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