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In Bankstown CBD, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,863) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Bankstown CBD'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 CBD'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 CBD - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Islam5,35214.719.13,91212.815.2+1,440
Western (Roman) Catholic3,0008.325.22,7669.126.7+234
Buddhism1,9655.47.31,6805.56.8+285
Greek Orthodox6031.75.15731.95.4+30
Anglican4301.210.24711.512.5-42
Macedonian Orthodox3731.01.53501.11.3+24
Hinduism3200.90.92810.90.8+39
Other Eastern Orthodox3070.81.52210.71.6+85
Baptist2360.61.72440.81.7-8
Uniting Church2220.61.82140.72.2+8
Pentecostal2030.60.91970.60.9+6
Presbyterian and Reformed1860.51.61750.61.9+11
Christian,nfd1740.51.21150.40.9+58
Maronite Catholic1650.52.61610.52.7+4
Coptic Orthodox1360.40.6910.30.5+45
Other Protestant720.20.3550.20.4+16
Jehova's Witnesses680.20.2430.10.2+26
Other Non-Christian Religions670.20.3280.10.2+39
Sikhism640.20.2240.10.1+40
Other Eastern Catholic390.10.2250.10.2+14
Seventh Day Adventist370.10.2560.20.2-19
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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 CBD - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total6,44617.756.45,93419.461.0+512
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total7,80921.527.95,94719.523.4+1,863
Non-classifiable religious belief
460.10.3290.10.3+17
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,7174.78.31,2434.17.1+474
Not stated
2,1505.97.12,1116.98.2+39

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 Islam, Bankstown City: 19.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Bankstown City: 25.2% Buddhism, Bankstown City: 7.3% Greek Orthodox, Bankstown City: 5.1% Anglican, Bankstown City: 10.2% Macedonian Orthodox, Bankstown City: 1.5% Hinduism, Bankstown City: 0.9% Other Eastern Orthodox, Bankstown City: 1.5% Baptist, Bankstown City: 1.7% Uniting Church, Bankstown City: 1.8% Islam, Bankstown CBD: 14.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Bankstown CBD: 8.3% Buddhism, Bankstown CBD: 5.4% Greek Orthodox, Bankstown CBD: 1.7% Anglican, Bankstown CBD: 1.2% Macedonian Orthodox, Bankstown CBD: 1.0% Hinduism, Bankstown CBD: 0.9% Other Eastern Orthodox, Bankstown CBD: 0.8% Baptist, Bankstown CBD: 0.6% Uniting Church, Bankstown CBD: 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 Islam, Bankstown CBD: +1,440 Western (Roman) Catholic, Bankstown CBD: +234 Buddhism, Bankstown CBD: +285 Greek Orthodox, Bankstown CBD: +30 Anglican, Bankstown CBD: -42 Macedonian Orthodox, Bankstown CBD: +24 Hinduism, Bankstown CBD: +39 Other Eastern Orthodox, Bankstown CBD: +85 Baptist, Bankstown CBD: -8 Uniting Church, Bankstown CBD: +8
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 CBD in 2011 compared to Bankstown City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 39.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 4.7% said they had no religion, compared with 84.3% and 8.3% respectively for Bankstown City.

The largest single religion in Bankstown CBD was Islam, with 14.7% of the population or 5,352 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (8.3% compared to 25.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (1.2% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (14.7% compared to 19.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.7% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+1,440 persons)
  • Buddhism (+285 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+234 persons)
  • Other Eastern Orthodox (+85 persons)
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