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In Sunshine North, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+816) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2016.

Sunshine North'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 North'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
Sunshine North - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic3,48629.831.13,69734.735.9-211
Buddhism2,56221.910.82,45223.011.8+110
Islam5154.45.84234.05.6+92
Baptist3332.81.51931.81.2+140
Hinduism2732.32.9960.92.2+177
Christian,nfd2652.33.51241.21.5+141
Greek Orthodox2171.94.32272.14.9-10
Anglican2011.73.13543.34.5-153
Pentecostal1461.21.41181.11.0+28
Sikhism1040.92.61251.22.0-21
Presbyterian and Reformed740.60.91091.01.1-35
Uniting Church700.61.0840.81.5-14
Other Protestant600.50.5470.40.4+13
Jehova's Witnesses480.40.4450.40.4+3
Serbian Orthodox340.30.5310.30.6+3
Other Oriental Orthodox230.20.4280.30.2-5
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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
Sunshine North - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total5,03543.051.95,24649.358.7-211
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,47729.722.33,11929.321.9+358
Non-classifiable religious belief
320.30.5510.50.5-19
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,19118.716.91,37512.911.0+816
Not stated
8937.68.48518.07.9+42

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 Brimbank: 31.1% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 10.8% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.8% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Pentecostal, City of Brimbank: 1.4% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sunshine North: 29.8% Buddhism, Sunshine North: 21.9% Islam, Sunshine North: 4.4% Baptist, Sunshine North: 2.8% Hinduism, Sunshine North: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Sunshine North: 2.3% Greek Orthodox, Sunshine North: 1.9% Anglican, Sunshine North: 1.7% Pentecostal, Sunshine North: 1.2% Sikhism, Sunshine North: 0.9%
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, Sunshine North: -211 Buddhism, Sunshine North: +110 Islam, Sunshine North: +92 Baptist, Sunshine North: +140 Hinduism, Sunshine North: +177 Christian,nfd, Sunshine North: +141 Greek Orthodox, Sunshine North: -10 Anglican, Sunshine North: -153 Pentecostal, Sunshine North: +28 Sikhism, Sunshine North: -21
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 Sunshine North in 2016 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, 72.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 18.7% said they had no religion, compared with 74.2% and 16.9% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sunshine North was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 29.8% of the population or 3,486 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Sunshine North and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (21.9% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.9% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Sikhism (0.9% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (4.4% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-211 persons)
  • Hinduism (+177 persons)
  • Anglican (-153 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+141 persons)
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