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In Bankstown City, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+11,117) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

Bankstown City'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.

Bankstown City'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
Bankstown City - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic45,98125.227.545,50426.728.3+477
Islam34,79619.14.725,99015.23.9+8,806
Anglican18,55210.216.121,24512.517.9-2,693
Buddhism13,3267.34.111,5896.83.7+1,737
Greek Orthodox9,3235.12.79,1415.42.9+182
Maronite Catholic4,7352.60.64,6232.70.6+112
Uniting Church3,2761.82.83,7472.23.4-471
Baptist3,0661.71.52,8371.71.5+229
Presbyterian and Reformed2,9641.62.43,2261.92.6-262
Other Eastern Orthodox2,8201.50.62,7211.60.6+99
Macedonian Orthodox2,7161.50.42,2641.30.3+452
Christian,nfd2,1131.21.71,5400.91.3+573
Hinduism1,6680.92.61,3520.81.7+316
Pentecostal1,6540.91.11,5640.91.1+90
Coptic Orthodox1,1060.60.37910.50.3+315
Other Protestant6330.30.37120.40.3-79
Lutheran5260.30.46960.40.5-170
Other Non-Christian Religions4690.30.23900.20.2+79
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)4480.20.33890.20.3+59
Jehova's Witnesses4330.20.34070.20.3+26
Other Eastern Catholic4220.20.14040.20.1+18
Sikhism4040.20.42480.10.2+156
Seventh Day Adventist3090.20.32890.20.3+20
Salvation Army3000.20.23420.20.2-42
Serbian Orthodox3000.20.33020.20.3-2
Other Oriental Orthodox2780.20.12240.10.0+54
Russian Orthodox2510.10.22550.10.2-4
Other Christian1890.10.11520.10.1+37
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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
Bankstown City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total102,82256.460.9103,92161.064.0-1,099
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total50,96527.913.239,84823.410.9+11,117
Non-classifiable religious belief
5280.30.65120.30.6+16
map this data in atlas.idNo religion15,1108.317.612,1487.114.1+2,962
Not stated
12,9277.17.614,0588.210.4-1,131

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 Sydney: 27.5% Islam, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 16.1% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Maronite Catholic, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Other Eastern Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Bankstown City: 25.2% Islam, Bankstown City: 19.1% Anglican, Bankstown City: 10.2% Buddhism, Bankstown City: 7.3% Greek Orthodox, Bankstown City: 5.1% Maronite Catholic, Bankstown City: 2.6% Uniting Church, Bankstown City: 1.8% Baptist, Bankstown City: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Bankstown City: 1.6% Other Eastern Orthodox, Bankstown City: 1.5%
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, Bankstown City: +477 Islam, Bankstown City: +8,806 Anglican, Bankstown City: -2,693 Buddhism, Bankstown City: +1,737 Greek Orthodox, Bankstown City: +182 Maronite Catholic, Bankstown City: +112 Uniting Church, Bankstown City: -471 Baptist, Bankstown City: +229 Presbyterian and Reformed, Bankstown City: -262 Other Eastern Orthodox, Bankstown City: +99
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 Bankstown City in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 84.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 8.3% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Bankstown City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.2% of the population or 45,981 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Bankstown City and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (19.1% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (7.3% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (5.1% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.2% compared to 16.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+8,806 persons)
  • Anglican (-2,693 persons)
  • Buddhism (+1,737 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+573 persons)