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In St Albans, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+2,601) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

St Albans'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.

St Albans'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
St Albans - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic11,45632.635.912,86338.439.9-1,407
Buddhism6,04817.211.85,17215.410.8+876
Islam1,8255.25.61,7905.35.0+35
Greek Orthodox1,4654.24.91,5634.75.4-98
Sikhism1,2073.42.01720.50.6+1,035
Anglican9862.84.51,0903.35.3-104
Hinduism9102.62.22650.81.0+645
Other Eastern Orthodox6061.71.67482.21.8-142
Macedonian Orthodox5821.72.06822.02.4-100
Christian,nfd4941.41.53461.01.1+148
Serbian Orthodox3901.10.65051.50.7-115
Baptist3531.01.23170.90.9+36
Pentecostal3210.91.01960.60.7+125
Presbyterian and Reformed2900.81.12690.81.2+21
Uniting Church2830.81.53100.91.7-27
Other Protestant1780.50.42070.60.5-29
Lutheran1610.50.42680.80.5-107
Jehova's Witnesses1350.40.41200.40.4+15
Coptic Orthodox980.30.41240.40.4-26
Seventh Day Adventist700.20.2810.20.2-11
Russian Orthodox540.20.1440.10.1+10
Other Oriental Orthodox540.20.2290.10.1+25
Other Non-Christian Religions480.10.1360.10.1+12
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)480.10.2690.20.2-21
Other Christian460.10.1240.10.1+22
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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
St Albans - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total18,15351.758.719,97759.664.3-1,824
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total10,09028.721.97,48922.417.7+2,601
Non-classifiable religious belief
1610.50.51380.40.4+23
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,3739.611.02,7848.39.3+589
Not stated
3,3199.57.93,1179.38.4+202

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.6% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, St Albans: 32.6% Buddhism, St Albans: 17.2% Islam, St Albans: 5.2% Greek Orthodox, St Albans: 4.2% Sikhism, St Albans: 3.4% Anglican, St Albans: 2.8% Hinduism, St Albans: 2.6% Other Eastern Orthodox, St Albans: 1.7% Macedonian Orthodox, St Albans: 1.7% Christian,nfd, St Albans: 1.4%
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, St Albans: -1,407 Buddhism, St Albans: +876 Islam, St Albans: +35 Greek Orthodox, St Albans: -98 Sikhism, St Albans: +1,035 Anglican, St Albans: -104 Hinduism, St Albans: +645 Other Eastern Orthodox, St Albans: -142 Macedonian Orthodox, St Albans: -100 Christian,nfd, St Albans: +148
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 St Albans in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 80.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 9.6% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in St Albans was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.6% of the population or 11,456 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (17.2% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Sikhism (3.4% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (32.6% compared to 35.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (2.8% compared to 4.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,407 persons)
  • Sikhism (+1,035 persons)
  • Buddhism (+876 persons)
  • Hinduism (+645 persons)