In Sunshine, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+754) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.
Sunshine'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.
Sunshine'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?'
|Religion - ranked by size|
|Religion||Number||%||City of Brimbank %||Number||%||City of Brimbank %||2006 to 2011|
|Western (Roman) Catholic||2,366||26.8||35.9||35044||2,772||34.3||39.9||-406|
|Presbyterian and Reformed||136||1.5||1.1||35036||203||2.5||1.2||-67|
|Other Eastern Orthodox||81||0.9||1.6||35029||77||1.0||1.8||+4|
|Churches of Christ||26||0.3||0.1||35013||19||0.2||0.1||+7|
|Other Oriental Orthodox||22||0.2||0.2||35032||28||0.3||0.1||-6|
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|Religion - summary|
|Religion totals||Number||%||City of Brimbank %||Number||%||City of Brimbank %||2006 to 2011|
|Non Christian total||2,080||23.6||21.9||35501||1,326||16.4||17.7||+754|
|Non-classifiable religious belief||72||0.8||0.5||35502||60||0.7||0.4||+12|
Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Sunshine in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.
Overall, 74.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.3% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.
The largest single religion in Sunshine was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.8% of the population or 2,366 people as adherents.
The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Sunshine and City of Brimbank were:
- A larger percentage who nominated Baptist (3.7% compared to 1.2%)
- A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (4.3% compared to 2.2%)
- A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (6.2% compared to 4.5%)
- A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.8% compared to 35.9%)
The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Sunshine between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:
- Western (Roman) Catholic (-406 persons)
- Buddhism (+240 persons)
- Baptist (+222 persons)
- Hinduism (+197 persons)