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In Sydenham, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+568) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Sydenham'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.

Sydenham'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
Sydenham - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic3,67033.831.13,97938.535.9-309
Sikhism6546.02.64654.52.0+189
Hinduism5144.72.94224.12.2+92
Anglican4664.33.16626.44.5-196
Islam4243.95.84914.85.6-67
Buddhism4123.810.84274.111.8-15
Greek Orthodox3783.54.33993.94.9-21
Christian,nfd3733.43.51971.91.5+176
Macedonian Orthodox2041.91.52042.02.00
Pentecostal1501.41.41041.01.0+46
Uniting Church1151.11.01361.31.5-21
Baptist1131.01.51531.51.2-40
Presbyterian and Reformed880.80.9950.91.1-7
Coptic Orthodox870.80.4740.70.4+13
Jehova's Witnesses720.70.4520.50.4+20
Other Protestant570.50.5500.50.4+7
Serbian Orthodox380.40.5410.40.6-3
Other Oriental Orthodox360.30.4150.10.2+21
Lutheran320.30.2420.40.4-10
Salvation Army300.30.1390.40.1-9
Seventh Day Adventist240.20.2380.40.2-14
Other Eastern Catholic210.20.2160.20.1+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
Sydenham - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total5,99355.251.96,51463.058.7-521
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,00718.522.31,84617.921.9+161
Non-classifiable religious belief
410.40.5460.40.5-5
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,72715.916.91,15911.211.0+568
Not stated
9839.18.47687.47.9+215

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% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.8% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 10.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Pentecostal, City of Brimbank: 1.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sydenham: 33.8% Sikhism, Sydenham: 6.0% Hinduism, Sydenham: 4.7% Anglican, Sydenham: 4.3% Islam, Sydenham: 3.9% Buddhism, Sydenham: 3.8% Greek Orthodox, Sydenham: 3.5% Christian,nfd, Sydenham: 3.4% Macedonian Orthodox, Sydenham: 1.9% Pentecostal, Sydenham: 1.4%
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, Sydenham: -309 Sikhism, Sydenham: +189 Hinduism, Sydenham: +92 Anglican, Sydenham: -196 Islam, Sydenham: -67 Buddhism, Sydenham: -15 Greek Orthodox, Sydenham: -21 Christian,nfd, Sydenham: +176 Macedonian Orthodox, Sydenham: 0 Pentecostal, Sydenham: +46
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 Sydenham in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 73.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.9% said they had no religion, compared with 74.2% and 16.9% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sydenham was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 33.8% of the population or 3,670 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Sikhism (6.0% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (33.8% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (3.8% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (3.9% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-309 persons)
  • Anglican (-196 persons)
  • Sikhism (+189 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+176 persons)
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