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In Sefton, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+575) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Sefton'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.

Sefton'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
Sefton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Islam1,25812.319.17638.015.2+494
Western (Roman) Catholic1,12711.025.21,21412.726.7-87
Buddhism7557.47.36536.96.8+101
Anglican3973.910.24574.812.5-61
Greek Orthodox1361.35.11341.45.4+1
Uniting Church910.91.81001.12.2-10
Baptist850.81.7760.81.7+9
Maronite Catholic830.82.6370.42.7+46
Presbyterian and Reformed800.81.6870.91.9-7
Christian,nfd480.51.2370.40.9+10
Pentecostal410.40.9510.50.9-10
Other Eastern Orthodox370.41.5460.51.6-9
Other Protestant350.30.3230.20.4+12
Lutheran270.30.3410.40.4-14
Other Eastern Catholic220.20.2480.50.2-26
Russian Orthodox200.20.1200.20.10
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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
Sefton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total2,30722.556.42,44425.761.0-137
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,03819.927.91,46415.423.4+575
Non-classifiable religious belief
160.20.330.00.3+13
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4974.98.34434.67.1+54
Not stated
2602.57.14104.38.2-150

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% Anglican, Bankstown City: 10.2% Greek Orthodox, Bankstown City: 5.1% Uniting Church, Bankstown City: 1.8% Baptist, Bankstown City: 1.7% Maronite Catholic, Bankstown City: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Bankstown City: 1.6% Christian,nfd, Bankstown City: 1.2% Islam, Sefton: 12.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sefton: 11.0% Buddhism, Sefton: 7.4% Anglican, Sefton: 3.9% Greek Orthodox, Sefton: 1.3% Uniting Church, Sefton: 0.9% Baptist, Sefton: 0.8% Maronite Catholic, Sefton: 0.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Sefton: 0.8% Christian,nfd, Sefton: 0.5%
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 Islam, Sefton: +494 Western (Roman) Catholic, Sefton: -87 Buddhism, Sefton: +101 Anglican, Sefton: -61 Greek Orthodox, Sefton: +1 Uniting Church, Sefton: -10 Baptist, Sefton: +9 Maronite Catholic, Sefton: +46 Presbyterian and Reformed, Sefton: -7 Christian,nfd, Sefton: +10
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 Sefton 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, 42.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 4.9% said they had no religion, compared with 84.3% and 8.3% respectively for Bankstown City.

The largest single religion in Sefton was Islam, with 12.3% of the population or 1,258 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (11.0% compared to 25.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (12.3% compared to 19.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (3.9% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.3% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+494 persons)
  • Buddhism (+101 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-87 persons)
  • Anglican (-61 persons)
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