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In Brighton, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,557) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Brighton - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic5,35724.425.15,26324.825.4+94
Anglican4,61521.018.85,08324.020.9-467
Uniting Church9894.54.71,1995.75.9-210
Judaism8804.03.28083.83.1+72
Greek Orthodox6292.93.45852.83.3+44
Presbyterian and Reformed5692.62.66192.93.0-50
Buddhism2971.41.32521.21.1+45
Christian,nfd2111.01.01820.90.9+29
Lutheran1770.80.72021.00.8-25
Baptist1360.60.71300.60.8+7
Hinduism760.30.4600.30.3+15
Islam660.30.5600.30.4+7
Russian Orthodox620.30.3410.20.2+20
Other Eastern Orthodox510.20.2590.30.2-7
Serbian Orthodox340.20.1230.10.1+11
Pentecostal290.10.4400.20.4-10
Churches of Christ250.10.1240.10.2+1
Other Protestant240.10.1240.10.10
Macedonian Orthodox220.10.090.00.0+13
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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
Brighton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total13,01359.358.813,55663.962.8-543
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,3756.35.81,2335.85.3+143
Non-classifiable religious belief
1420.60.81100.50.7+32
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,40424.626.53,84818.120.5+1,557
Not stated
1,9949.18.12,47011.610.7-476

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, City of Bayside: 25.1% Anglican, City of Bayside: 18.8% Uniting Church, City of Bayside: 4.7% Judaism, City of Bayside: 3.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Bayside: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Bayside: 2.6% Buddhism, City of Bayside: 1.3% Christian,nfd, City of Bayside: 1.0% Lutheran, City of Bayside: 0.7% Baptist, City of Bayside: 0.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Brighton: 24.4% Anglican, Brighton: 21.0% Uniting Church, Brighton: 4.5% Judaism, Brighton: 4.0% Greek Orthodox, Brighton: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Brighton: 2.6% Buddhism, Brighton: 1.4% Christian,nfd, Brighton: 1.0% Lutheran, Brighton: 0.8% Baptist, Brighton: 0.6%
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, Brighton: +94 Anglican, Brighton: -467 Uniting Church, Brighton: -210 Judaism, Brighton: +72 Greek Orthodox, Brighton: +44 Presbyterian and Reformed, Brighton: -50 Buddhism, Brighton: +45 Christian,nfd, Brighton: +29 Lutheran, Brighton: -25 Baptist, Brighton: +7
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 Brighton in 2011 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, 65.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.6% said they had no religion, compared with 64.6% and 26.5% respectively for City of Bayside.

The largest single religion in Brighton was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.4% of the population or 5,357 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 (21.0% compared to 18.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-467 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-210 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+94 persons)
  • Judaism (+72 persons)