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In Sydenham, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+788) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Sydenham - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic3,97938.535.94,10242.639.9-123
Anglican6626.44.56807.15.3-18
Islam4914.85.64574.75.0+34
Sikhism4654.52.0740.80.6+391
Buddhism4274.111.83793.910.8+48
Hinduism4224.12.21281.31.0+294
Greek Orthodox3993.94.93894.05.4+10
Macedonian Orthodox2042.02.02853.02.4-81
Christian,nfd1971.91.51271.31.1+70
Baptist1531.51.21091.10.9+44
Other Eastern Orthodox1531.51.61571.61.8-4
Uniting Church1361.31.52052.11.7-69
Pentecostal1041.01.0760.80.7+28
Presbyterian and Reformed950.91.11071.11.2-12
Coptic Orthodox740.70.4590.60.4+15
Jehova's Witnesses520.50.4430.40.4+9
Other Protestant500.50.4530.60.5-3
Lutheran420.40.4350.40.5+7
Serbian Orthodox410.40.6380.40.7+3
Salvation Army390.40.1210.20.1+18
Seventh Day Adventist380.40.2210.20.2+17
Other Non-Christian Religions200.20.1110.10.1+9
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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
Sydenham - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total6,51463.058.76,54368.064.3-29
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,84617.921.91,05811.017.7+788
Non-classifiable religious belief
460.40.5580.60.4-12
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,15911.211.01,04210.89.3+117
Not stated
7687.47.99289.68.4-160

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% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.6% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sydenham: 38.5% Anglican, Sydenham: 6.4% Islam, Sydenham: 4.8% Sikhism, Sydenham: 4.5% Buddhism, Sydenham: 4.1% Hinduism, Sydenham: 4.1% Greek Orthodox, Sydenham: 3.9% Macedonian Orthodox, Sydenham: 2.0% Christian,nfd, Sydenham: 1.9% Baptist, Sydenham: 1.5%
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, Sydenham: -123 Anglican, Sydenham: -18 Islam, Sydenham: +34 Sikhism, Sydenham: +391 Buddhism, Sydenham: +48 Hinduism, Sydenham: +294 Greek Orthodox, Sydenham: +10 Macedonian Orthodox, Sydenham: -81 Christian,nfd, Sydenham: +70 Baptist, Sydenham: +44
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 Sydenham in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 80.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 11.2% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sydenham was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 38.5% of the population or 3,979 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 Western (Roman) Catholic (38.5% compared to 35.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Sikhism (4.5% compared to 2.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (4.1% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (4.1% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Sikhism (+391 persons)
  • Hinduism (+294 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-123 persons)
  • Macedonian Orthodox (-81 persons)