Part A: Explore the data

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Look at the data in the tables below.  Each table shows the religious affiliation and country of birth of residents in one of four Melbourne suburbs.  The figures in the tables are extracted from data that was collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in the 2006 census.  Explore what the data tells you about the similarities and differences between these suburban communities. (Note: more recent data and data related to your community is freely available at the Australian Bureau of Statistics website)

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Religious affiliation and Country of birth of residents living in Broadmeadows *

Religious Affiliation   Country of Birth 
Buddhism 182 Australia 5202
Christianity 4991 Greece 95
Hinduism 33 Iraq 617
Islam 2534 Italy 130
Judaism 0 Lebanon 408
Other religions 48 New Zealand157
No religion 983 Phillipines142
Other religious affiliation 44 Turkey 604
Religious affiliation not stated1168United Kingdom 199
Total 9983 Vietnam 166
  Born elsewhere 1249
Not stated 1015

What does this data tell you about the Broadmeadows community?  Write a short statement about the religious and cultural profile of this suburb.

Religious affiliation and Country of birth of residents living in Brunswick *

Religious Affiliation   Country of Birth 
Buddhism 631 Australia 12115
Christianity 9739 China 496
Hinduism 371 Greece 861
Islam 975 India 375
Judaism 62 Indonesia 171
Other religions 194 Italy 1083
No religion 983 Lebanon 288
Other religious affiliation 401 New Zealand395
Religious affiliation not stated2579United Kingdom 599
Total 20779 Vietnam 188
  Born elsewhere 3270
Not stated 1816

What does this data tell you about the Brunswick community?  Write a short statement about the religious and cultural profile of this suburb.

Religious affiliation and Country of birth of residents living in Springvale *

Religious Affiliation   Country of Birth 
Buddhism 5341 Australia 6110
Christianity 8268 China 766
Hinduism 168 Greece 463
Islam 579 India 427
Judaism 21 Italy 409
Other religions 190 New Zealand320
No religion 2231 Phillipines185
Other religious affiliation 94 Sri Lanka 284
Religious affiliation not stated1537 Turkey 288
Total 18429 Vietnam 3925
  Born elsewhere 2712
Not stated 1285

What does this data tell you about the Springvale community?  Write a short statement about the religious and cultural profile of this suburb.

Religious affiliation and Country of birth of residents living in St Kilda East *

Religious Affiliation   Country of Birth 
Buddhism 192 Australia 7100
Christianity 3685 China 121
Hinduism 118 Germany 92
Islam 90 Greece 114
Judaism 3213 India 165
Other religions 87 New Zealand263
No religion 2644 Poland 223
Other religious affiliation 172 South Africa141
Religious affiliation not stated2074United Kingdom 496
Total 12188 United States of America196
  Born elsewhere 1753
Not stated 1523

What does this data tell you about the St Kilda East community?  Write a short statement about the religious and cultural profile of this suburb.

Now compare the data from all four suburbs.  What are the most significant differences in the data on religious affiliation and country of birth between the suburbs?  What does this suggest about the decisions people make regarding where to live?

Do you think similar patterns of settlement would be found in other capital cities?  What about in rural and remote regions of Australia?

Now it's time for you to think about the reasons that you live where you do.  What are the things that influenced your family to make their home in your part of Australia?

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