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West Ward
Religion

In West Ward, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,815) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

West 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.

West 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
West Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic12,00030.025.211,96731.626.7+33
Anglican5,34613.310.26,22316.412.5-878
Islam4,97312.419.13,6219.615.2+1,352
Greek Orthodox2,5876.55.12,5486.75.4+39
Buddhism2,0835.27.31,7504.66.8+333
Uniting Church7932.01.89022.42.2-108
Maronite Catholic7421.92.67311.92.7+11
Baptist7291.81.77321.91.7-4
Presbyterian and Reformed7181.81.67432.01.9-25
Macedonian Orthodox7091.81.55811.51.3+128
Other Eastern Orthodox5751.41.55291.41.6+46
Christian,nfd5041.31.23110.80.9+193
Pentecostal3821.00.93510.90.9+31
Hinduism3250.80.92240.60.8+101
Coptic Orthodox2610.70.61670.40.5+93
Other Protestant1500.40.31900.50.4-40
Lutheran1460.40.32010.50.4-55
Sikhism1110.30.2930.20.1+18
Other Non-Christian Religions1060.30.3650.20.2+41
Other Oriental Orthodox1040.30.2640.20.1+40
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)940.20.2810.20.2+13
Salvation Army900.20.2800.20.2+10
Serbian Orthodox890.20.2840.20.2+5
Jehova's Witnesses660.20.2580.20.2+8
Russian Orthodox620.20.1490.10.1+12
Seventh Day Adventist510.10.2300.10.2+21
Other Eastern Catholic500.10.2510.10.2-1
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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
West Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total26,36265.856.426,83570.961.0-473
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total7,66619.127.95,85115.423.4+1,815
Non-classifiable religious belief
1020.30.31330.30.3-31
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,1457.98.32,5056.67.1+641
Not stated
2,7846.97.12,5506.78.2+233

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% Islam, Bankstown City: 19.1% Greek Orthodox, Bankstown City: 5.1% Buddhism, Bankstown City: 7.3% Uniting Church, Bankstown City: 1.8% Maronite Catholic, Bankstown City: 2.6% Baptist, Bankstown City: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Bankstown City: 1.6% Macedonian Orthodox, Bankstown City: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, West Ward: 30.0% Anglican, West Ward: 13.3% Islam, West Ward: 12.4% Greek Orthodox, West Ward: 6.5% Buddhism, West Ward: 5.2% Uniting Church, West Ward: 2.0% Maronite Catholic, West Ward: 1.9% Baptist, West Ward: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, West Ward: 1.8% Macedonian Orthodox, West Ward: 1.8%
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 Western (Roman) Catholic, West Ward: +33 Anglican, West Ward: -878 Islam, West Ward: +1,352 Greek Orthodox, West Ward: +39 Buddhism, West Ward: +333 Uniting Church, West Ward: -108 Maronite Catholic, West Ward: +11 Baptist, West Ward: -4 Presbyterian and Reformed, West Ward: -25 Macedonian Orthodox, West Ward: +128
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 West Ward in 2011 compared to Bankstown City shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 84.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 7.9% said they had no religion, compared with 84.3% and 8.3% respectively for Bankstown City.

The largest single religion in West Ward was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 30.0% of the population or 12,000 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (30.0% compared to 25.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (13.3% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (12.4% compared to 19.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (5.2% compared to 7.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+1,352 persons)
  • Anglican (-878 persons)
  • Buddhism (+333 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+193 persons)