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In Bankstown, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+2,757) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

Bankstown'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'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 - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Islam8,08726.419.16,06322.715.2+2,024
Western (Roman) Catholic5,88219.225.25,41820.326.7+464
Buddhism3,71312.17.33,15911.86.8+554
Greek Orthodox1,3144.35.11,3865.25.4-73
Anglican9012.910.21,0043.812.5-103
Macedonian Orthodox7192.31.56812.61.3+38
Maronite Catholic5901.92.66292.42.7-39
Other Eastern Orthodox5331.71.54781.81.6+55
Hinduism4091.30.93571.30.8+52
Uniting Church3871.31.83531.32.2+34
Baptist3641.21.73731.41.7-10
Presbyterian and Reformed3111.01.63341.31.9-23
Pentecostal2840.90.92821.10.9+2
Christian,nfd2780.91.21910.70.9+87
Coptic Orthodox1870.60.61490.60.5+38
Other Non-Christian Religions990.30.3580.20.2+41
Other Protestant910.30.3820.30.4+9
Jehova's Witnesses870.30.2760.30.2+11
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)800.30.2900.30.2-10
Seventh Day Adventist750.20.2780.30.2-2
Sikhism680.20.2240.10.1+44
Other Eastern Catholic650.20.2450.20.2+19
Serbian Orthodox520.20.2590.20.2-7
Lutheran400.10.3420.20.4-1
Salvation Army340.10.260.00.2+28
Chinese and Japanese Religions330.10.0110.00.0+22
Other Oriental Orthodox320.10.2180.10.1+15
Other Christian320.10.1130.00.1+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 - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total12,40740.556.411,85944.561.0+549
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total12,45640.627.99,69936.423.4+2,757
Non-classifiable religious belief
750.20.3690.30.3+5
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,6758.78.31,9457.37.1+730
Not stated
3,0509.97.13,08911.68.2-39

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% Maronite Catholic, Bankstown City: 2.6% Other Eastern Orthodox, Bankstown City: 1.5% Hinduism, Bankstown City: 0.9% Uniting Church, Bankstown City: 1.8% Islam, Bankstown: 26.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Bankstown: 19.2% Buddhism, Bankstown: 12.1% Greek Orthodox, Bankstown: 4.3% Anglican, Bankstown: 2.9% Macedonian Orthodox, Bankstown: 2.3% Maronite Catholic, Bankstown: 1.9% Other Eastern Orthodox, Bankstown: 1.7% Hinduism, Bankstown: 1.3% Uniting Church, Bankstown: 1.3%
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: +2,024 Western (Roman) Catholic, Bankstown: +464 Buddhism, Bankstown: +554 Greek Orthodox, Bankstown: -73 Anglican, Bankstown: -103 Macedonian Orthodox, Bankstown: +38 Maronite Catholic, Bankstown: -39 Other Eastern Orthodox, Bankstown: +55 Hinduism, Bankstown: +52 Uniting Church, Bankstown: +34
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 in 2011 compared to Bankstown City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 81.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 8.7% said they had no religion, compared with 84.3% and 8.3% respectively for Bankstown City.

The largest single religion in Bankstown was Islam, with 26.4% of the population or 8,087 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (26.4% compared to 19.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (12.1% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (2.9% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.2% compared to 25.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+2,024 persons)
  • Buddhism (+554 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+464 persons)
  • Anglican (-103 persons)