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South Ward
Religion

In South Ward, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,033) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

South Ward'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.

South Ward'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
South Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic12,22429.325.211,75729.926.7+467
Anglican7,57518.210.28,19120.812.5-616
Greek Orthodox2,4305.85.12,0425.25.4+388
Islam2,2255.319.11,8834.815.2+342
Buddhism1,9444.77.31,5333.96.8+411
Uniting Church1,1172.71.81,2983.32.2-181
Baptist9132.21.78532.21.7+60
Presbyterian and Reformed9052.21.69372.41.9-32
Macedonian Orthodox6261.51.54421.11.3+184
Christian,nfd6181.51.24301.10.9+188
Hinduism5731.40.93851.00.8+188
Coptic Orthodox4241.00.63320.80.5+92
Other Eastern Orthodox3400.81.52820.71.6+58
Maronite Catholic3100.72.62720.72.7+38
Pentecostal2950.70.92380.60.9+57
Other Protestant1850.40.31740.40.4+11
Sikhism1750.40.21010.30.1+74
Lutheran1430.30.31520.40.4-9
Salvation Army1150.30.21260.30.2-11
Jehova's Witnesses1110.30.21140.30.2-3
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)920.20.2870.20.2+5
Christadelphian740.20.1740.20.10
Seventh Day Adventist590.10.2630.20.2-4
Churches of Christ560.10.1880.20.1-32
Other Christian520.10.1500.10.1+2
Other Non-Christian Religions470.10.3440.10.2+3
Other Eastern Catholic460.10.2410.10.2+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
South Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total28,82469.156.428,16971.661.0+655
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5,05112.127.94,01810.223.4+1,033
Non-classifiable religious belief
1720.40.31490.40.3+23
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,95311.98.33,97710.17.1+976
Not stated
2,7136.57.13,0177.78.2-304

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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Bankstown City: 25.2% Anglican, Bankstown City: 10.2% Greek Orthodox, Bankstown City: 5.1% Islam, Bankstown City: 19.1% Buddhism, Bankstown City: 7.3% Uniting Church, Bankstown City: 1.8% Baptist, Bankstown City: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Bankstown City: 1.6% Macedonian Orthodox, Bankstown City: 1.5% Christian,nfd, Bankstown City: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, South Ward: 29.3% Anglican, South Ward: 18.2% Greek Orthodox, South Ward: 5.8% Islam, South Ward: 5.3% Buddhism, South Ward: 4.7% Uniting Church, South Ward: 2.7% Baptist, South Ward: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, South Ward: 2.2% Macedonian Orthodox, South Ward: 1.5% Christian,nfd, South Ward: 1.5%
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 Western (Roman) Catholic, South Ward: +467 Anglican, South Ward: -616 Greek Orthodox, South Ward: +388 Islam, South Ward: +342 Buddhism, South Ward: +411 Uniting Church, South Ward: -181 Baptist, South Ward: +60 Presbyterian and Reformed, South Ward: -32 Macedonian Orthodox, South Ward: +184 Christian,nfd, South Ward: +188
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 South Ward in 2011 compared to Bankstown City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 81.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 11.9% said they had no religion, compared with 84.3% and 8.3% respectively for Bankstown City.

The largest single religion in South Ward was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 29.3% of the population or 12,224 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.2% compared to 10.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (29.3% compared to 25.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (5.3% compared to 19.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (4.7% compared to 7.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-616 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+467 persons)
  • Buddhism (+411 persons)
  • Greek Orthodox (+388 persons)