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In Sunshine North, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+556) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Sunshine North - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic3,69734.735.94,20541.439.9-508
Buddhism2,45223.011.82,16621.310.8+286
Islam4234.05.63083.05.0+115
Anglican3543.34.54914.85.3-137
Greek Orthodox2272.14.92602.65.4-33
Baptist1931.81.2770.80.9+116
Sikhism1251.22.0160.20.6+109
Christian,nfd1241.21.51061.01.1+18
Pentecostal1181.11.0390.40.7+79
Presbyterian and Reformed1091.01.11321.31.2-23
Hinduism960.92.2400.41.0+56
Uniting Church840.81.51331.31.7-49
Other Eastern Orthodox580.51.6630.61.8-5
Other Protestant470.40.4590.60.5-12
Jehova's Witnesses450.40.4320.30.4+13
Serbian Orthodox310.30.6440.40.7-13
Other Oriental Orthodox280.30.290.10.1+19
Lutheran220.20.4270.30.5-5
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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
Sunshine North - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total5,24649.358.75,79857.164.3-552
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,11929.321.92,56325.217.7+556
Non-classifiable religious belief
510.50.5510.50.40
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,37512.911.01,08510.79.3+290
Not stated
8518.07.96576.58.4+194

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 Brimbank: 35.9% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.6% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.2% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Pentecostal, City of Brimbank: 1.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Brimbank: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sunshine North: 34.7% Buddhism, Sunshine North: 23.0% Islam, Sunshine North: 4.0% Anglican, Sunshine North: 3.3% Greek Orthodox, Sunshine North: 2.1% Baptist, Sunshine North: 1.8% Sikhism, Sunshine North: 1.2% Christian,nfd, Sunshine North: 1.2% Pentecostal, Sunshine North: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Sunshine North: 1.0%
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, Sunshine North: -508 Buddhism, Sunshine North: +286 Islam, Sunshine North: +115 Anglican, Sunshine North: -137 Greek Orthodox, Sunshine North: -33 Baptist, Sunshine North: +116 Sikhism, Sunshine North: +109 Christian,nfd, Sunshine North: +18 Pentecostal, Sunshine North: +79 Presbyterian and Reformed, Sunshine North: -23
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 Sunshine North 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, 78.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 12.9% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sunshine North was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 34.7% of the population or 3,697 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 (23.0% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (2.1% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (4.0% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.9% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-508 persons)
  • Buddhism (+286 persons)
  • Anglican (-137 persons)
  • Baptist (+116 persons)