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In St Albans, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,450) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
St Albans - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic10,12927.231.111,45632.635.9-1,327
Buddhism5,63715.110.86,04817.211.8-411
Islam2,0605.55.81,8255.25.6+235
Sikhism1,8765.02.61,2073.42.0+669
Christian,nfd1,4493.93.54941.41.5+955
Greek Orthodox1,2563.44.31,4654.24.9-209
Hinduism1,1503.12.99102.62.2+240
Anglican6411.73.19862.84.5-345
Pentecostal5071.41.43210.91.0+186
Baptist4191.11.53531.01.2+66
Macedonian Orthodox4021.11.55821.72.0-180
Serbian Orthodox2610.70.53901.10.6-129
Uniting Church2420.61.02830.81.5-41
Other Protestant1960.50.51780.50.4+18
Presbyterian and Reformed1900.50.92900.81.1-100
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1570.40.3480.10.2+109
Jehova's Witnesses1420.40.41350.40.4+7
Coptic Orthodox1120.30.4980.30.4+14
Other Eastern Catholic980.30.2300.10.1+68
Other Oriental Orthodox880.20.4540.20.2+34
Lutheran830.20.21610.50.4-78
Seventh Day Adventist610.20.2700.20.2-9
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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
St Albans - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total16,54344.451.918,15351.758.7-1,610
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total10,78728.922.310,09028.721.9+697
Non-classifiable religious belief
1920.50.51610.50.5+31
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,82315.616.93,3739.611.0+2,450
Not stated
3,6909.98.43,3199.57.9+371

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% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Pentecostal, City of Brimbank: 1.4% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, St Albans: 27.2% Buddhism, St Albans: 15.1% Islam, St Albans: 5.5% Sikhism, St Albans: 5.0% Christian,nfd, St Albans: 3.9% Greek Orthodox, St Albans: 3.4% Hinduism, St Albans: 3.1% Anglican, St Albans: 1.7% Pentecostal, St Albans: 1.4% Baptist, St Albans: 1.1%
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, St Albans: -1,327 Buddhism, St Albans: -411 Islam, St Albans: +235 Sikhism, St Albans: +669 Christian,nfd, St Albans: +955 Greek Orthodox, St Albans: -209 Hinduism, St Albans: +240 Anglican, St Albans: -345 Pentecostal, St Albans: +186 Baptist, St Albans: +66
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 St Albans 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, 73.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.6% said they had no religion, compared with 74.2% and 16.9% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in St Albans was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.2% of the population or 10,129 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 (15.1% compared to 10.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Sikhism (5.0% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (27.2% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (1.7% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,327 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+955 persons)
  • Sikhism (+669 persons)
  • Buddhism (-411 persons)
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