Spatial patterns of religious affiliation in Melbourne

There are suburbs in Melbourne where more than half of the population that ticked ‘Christian’ on the Census were born overseas in a non-English speaking country.

Follow me closely, this is a little complicated: the map below shows the proportion of the Christian population that was born in a non-English speaking country in each suburb.

Darker colours indicate a higher percentage. You can click on the image to download a PDF of the map if the writing is too tiny.

So, in suburbs like Campbellfield, St Albans and Clayton South/Springvale, more than half of the people who would call themselves Christians are first generation migrants from a non-English speaking country.

Be careful – the map doesn’t indicate the total number of Christians in each suburb!

The next map is different again. It shows, for each suburb, the proportion of the population born overseas in a non-English speaking country who call themselves Christians.

So, if you meet someone born in a non-English speaking country who lives in outer Melbourne, they are more likely to call themselves Christian than if you meet  someone born in a non-English speaking country who lives in inner Melbourne. Check it out:

I created these maps using CData Online.

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