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In Villawood, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+287) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Villawood'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.

Villawood'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
Villawood - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Islam95126.519.168621.815.2+265
Western (Roman) Catholic70719.725.278124.926.7-74
Buddhism42911.97.343413.86.8-5
Anglican3269.110.240612.912.5-80
Greek Orthodox712.05.1872.85.4-16
Baptist651.81.7401.31.7+25
Maronite Catholic591.62.6401.32.7+19
Presbyterian and Reformed581.61.6531.71.9+5
Uniting Church300.81.8581.82.2-28
Hinduism300.80.9150.50.8+15
Christian,nfd290.81.2130.40.9+16
Jehova's Witnesses200.60.2150.50.2+5
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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
Villawood - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total1,46340.756.41,60851.261.0-145
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,42839.727.91,14136.323.4+287
Non-classifiable religious belief
70.20.3110.40.3-4
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1714.88.31494.77.1+22
Not stated
52614.67.12327.48.2+294

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% Baptist, Bankstown City: 1.7% Maronite Catholic, Bankstown City: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Bankstown City: 1.6% Uniting Church, Bankstown City: 1.8% Hinduism, Bankstown City: 0.9% Islam, Villawood: 26.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Villawood: 19.7% Buddhism, Villawood: 11.9% Anglican, Villawood: 9.1% Greek Orthodox, Villawood: 2.0% Baptist, Villawood: 1.8% Maronite Catholic, Villawood: 1.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Villawood: 1.6% Uniting Church, Villawood: 0.8% Hinduism, Villawood: 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, Villawood: +265 Western (Roman) Catholic, Villawood: -74 Buddhism, Villawood: -5 Anglican, Villawood: -80 Greek Orthodox, Villawood: -16 Baptist, Villawood: +25 Maronite Catholic, Villawood: +19 Presbyterian and Reformed, Villawood: +5 Uniting Church, Villawood: -28 Hinduism, Villawood: +15
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 Villawood 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, 80.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 4.8% said they had no religion, compared with 84.3% and 8.3% respectively for Bankstown City.

The largest single religion in Villawood was Islam, with 26.5% of the population or 951 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (26.5% compared to 19.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (11.9% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.7% compared to 25.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (2.0% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+265 persons)
  • Anglican (-80 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-74 persons)