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In Punchbowl, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+339) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Punchbowl'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.

Punchbowl'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
Punchbowl - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Islam2,24329.519.11,88625.415.2+358
Western (Roman) Catholic1,64121.625.21,65322.326.7-12
Maronite Catholic1,01513.42.61,03814.02.7-22
Greek Orthodox5116.75.15557.55.4-44
Buddhism4145.57.34165.66.8-1
Other Eastern Orthodox2723.61.52783.71.6-7
Anglican1592.110.22313.112.5-72
Baptist741.01.7640.91.7+10
Presbyterian and Reformed700.91.6650.91.9+5
Uniting Church580.81.8610.82.2-3
Coptic Orthodox550.70.6450.60.5+10
Pentecostal480.60.9420.60.9+6
Christian,nfd360.51.2250.30.9+11
Macedonian Orthodox300.41.5320.41.3-2
Other Eastern Catholic280.40.2330.40.2-5
Other Protestant250.30.3270.40.4-2
Seventh Day Adventist200.30.2350.50.2-16
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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
Punchbowl - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total4,09053.856.44,25657.361.0-166
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,68135.327.92,34331.623.4+339
Non-classifiable religious belief
190.30.3220.30.3-3
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3084.18.33304.47.1-21
Not stated
5036.67.14756.48.2+28

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% Maronite Catholic, Bankstown City: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, Bankstown City: 5.1% Buddhism, Bankstown City: 7.3% Other Eastern Orthodox, Bankstown City: 1.5% Anglican, Bankstown City: 10.2% Baptist, Bankstown City: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Bankstown City: 1.6% Uniting Church, Bankstown City: 1.8% Islam, Punchbowl: 29.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Punchbowl: 21.6% Maronite Catholic, Punchbowl: 13.4% Greek Orthodox, Punchbowl: 6.7% Buddhism, Punchbowl: 5.5% Other Eastern Orthodox, Punchbowl: 3.6% Anglican, Punchbowl: 2.1% Baptist, Punchbowl: 1.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Punchbowl: 0.9% Uniting Church, Punchbowl: 0.8%
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, Punchbowl: +358 Western (Roman) Catholic, Punchbowl: -12 Maronite Catholic, Punchbowl: -22 Greek Orthodox, Punchbowl: -44 Buddhism, Punchbowl: -1 Other Eastern Orthodox, Punchbowl: -7 Anglican, Punchbowl: -72 Baptist, Punchbowl: +10 Presbyterian and Reformed, Punchbowl: +5 Uniting Church, Punchbowl: -3
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 Punchbowl in 2011 compared to Bankstown City shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 89.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 4.1% said they had no religion, compared with 84.3% and 8.3% respectively for Bankstown City.

The largest single religion in Punchbowl was Islam, with 29.5% of the population or 2,243 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Maronite Catholic (13.4% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (29.5% compared to 19.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (2.1% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (21.6% compared to 25.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+358 persons)
  • Anglican (-72 persons)