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In Brighton, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,541) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Brighton'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.

Brighton'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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Brighton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic5,24722.422.75,36624.425.1-119
Anglican3,91816.714.34,62521.118.8-706
Judaism7673.32.78814.03.2-114
Greek Orthodox7293.13.46312.93.4+98
Uniting Church6923.03.49914.54.7-299
Presbyterian and Reformed4281.81.95692.62.6-141
Buddhism3691.61.22971.41.3+72
Christian,nfd2521.11.32111.01.0+40
Baptist1380.60.61360.60.7+2
Lutheran870.40.41760.80.7-89
Hinduism750.30.6750.30.40
Islam710.30.5660.30.5+5
Serbian Orthodox430.20.2330.20.1+10
Pentecostal320.10.2290.10.4+3
Other Protestant320.10.3230.10.1+9
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. 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
Brighton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total11,71950.149.513,03759.358.8-1,317
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,3005.65.31,3786.35.8-78
Non-classifiable religious belief
1290.60.61410.60.8-12
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,95534.036.05,41424.626.5+2,541
Not stated
2,1609.28.61,9989.18.1+163

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2016
Religion, 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Bayside: 22.7% Anglican, City of Bayside: 14.3% Judaism, City of Bayside: 2.7% Greek Orthodox, City of Bayside: 3.4% Uniting Church, City of Bayside: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Bayside: 1.9% Buddhism, City of Bayside: 1.2% Christian,nfd, City of Bayside: 1.3% Baptist, City of Bayside: 0.6% Lutheran, City of Bayside: 0.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Brighton: 22.4% Anglican, Brighton: 16.7% Judaism, Brighton: 3.3% Greek Orthodox, Brighton: 3.1% Uniting Church, Brighton: 3.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Brighton: 1.8% Buddhism, Brighton: 1.6% Christian,nfd, Brighton: 1.1% Baptist, Brighton: 0.6% Lutheran, Brighton: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Brighton: -119 Anglican, Brighton: -706 Judaism, Brighton: -114 Greek Orthodox, Brighton: +98 Uniting Church, Brighton: -299 Presbyterian and Reformed, Brighton: -141 Buddhism, Brighton: +72 Christian,nfd, Brighton: +40 Baptist, Brighton: +2 Lutheran, Brighton: -89
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Brighton in 2016 compared to City of Bayside shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 55.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 34.0% said they had no religion, compared with 54.7% and 36.0% respectively for City of Bayside.

The largest single religion in Brighton was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.4% of the population or 5,247 people as adherents.

The major difference between the religious affiliation for the population of Brighton and City of Bayside was:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (16.7% compared to 14.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Brighton between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-706 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-299 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-141 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-119 persons)
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