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In the City of Yarra, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+13,333) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic14,07316.223.214,71319.927.1-640
Anglican4,3725.07.65,5567.510.8-1,184
Buddhism3,4244.03.83,9195.34.0-495
Greek Orthodox2,7783.23.53,0504.14.0-272
Islam2,0012.34.21,6142.23.6+387
Christian,nfd1,1571.32.68121.11.9+345
Uniting Church1,0921.32.31,5462.13.4-454
Presbyterian and Reformed6500.81.68121.12.1-162
Hinduism5660.72.94710.62.0+95
Judaism4850.60.94480.61.1+37
Baptist4240.51.34220.61.5+2
Pentecostal3080.40.92070.30.9+101
Lutheran2250.30.33450.50.6-120
Other Protestant1880.20.4940.10.3+94
Macedonian Orthodox1030.10.41070.10.5-4
Serbian Orthodox980.10.21230.20.3-25
Other Oriental Orthodox870.10.1560.10.1+31
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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 Yarra - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total26,03430.046.328,49238.555.8-2,458
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6,8127.913.26,9189.311.8-106
Non-classifiable religious belief
8681.00.61,2451.70.9-377
map this data in atlas.idNo religion42,76749.431.329,43439.723.5+13,333
Not stated
10,18611.88.68,00210.88.1+2,184

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% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Judaism, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Yarra: 16.2% Anglican, City of Yarra: 5.0% Buddhism, City of Yarra: 4.0% Greek Orthodox, City of Yarra: 3.2% Islam, City of Yarra: 2.3% Christian,nfd, City of Yarra: 1.3% Uniting Church, City of Yarra: 1.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Yarra: 0.8% Hinduism, City of Yarra: 0.7% Judaism, City of Yarra: 0.6%
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 Yarra: -640 Anglican, City of Yarra: -1,184 Buddhism, City of Yarra: -495 Greek Orthodox, City of Yarra: -272 Islam, City of Yarra: +387 Christian,nfd, City of Yarra: +345 Uniting Church, City of Yarra: -454 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Yarra: -162 Hinduism, City of Yarra: +95 Judaism, City of Yarra: +37
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 Yarra in 2016 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, 37.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 49.4% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Yarra was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 16.2% of the population or 14,073 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 (16.2% compared to 23.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (5.0% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.7% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (2.3% compared to 4.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-1,184 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-640 persons)
  • Buddhism (-495 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-454 persons)
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