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In Sunshine District, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+2,654) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Sunshine District'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 District'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 District - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic13,74631.735.915,00537.139.9-1,259
Buddhism6,30214.511.85,48313.510.8+819
Islam2,3125.35.61,6814.25.0+631
Greek Orthodox2,2275.14.92,3775.95.4-150
Anglican1,9424.54.52,2065.55.3-264
Hinduism1,1012.52.25081.31.0+593
Sikhism8582.02.02630.60.6+595
Baptist8291.91.23580.90.9+471
Uniting Church6181.41.56871.71.7-69
Christian,nfd5871.41.55171.31.1+70
Presbyterian and Reformed5301.21.16961.71.2-166
Pentecostal5131.21.02680.70.7+245
Other Eastern Orthodox4481.01.64731.21.8-25
Macedonian Orthodox4371.02.05731.42.4-136
Jehova's Witnesses2080.50.41760.40.4+32
Other Protestant1950.40.42360.60.5-41
Serbian Orthodox1500.30.61570.40.7-7
Lutheran1400.30.41720.40.5-32
Other Oriental Orthodox1050.20.2710.20.1+34
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)890.20.2620.20.2+27
Other Eastern Catholic820.20.11200.30.2-38
Seventh Day Adventist560.10.2390.10.2+17
Russian Orthodox540.10.1540.10.10
Salvation Army480.10.1670.20.1-19
Other Non-Christian Religions480.10.1230.10.1+25
Other Christian450.10.1220.10.1+23
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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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total23,13153.458.724,43460.464.3-1,303
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total10,71224.721.98,05819.917.7+2,654
Non-classifiable religious belief
2770.60.52140.50.4+63
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,50912.711.04,23210.59.3+1,277
Not stated
3,7278.67.93,5398.78.4+188

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% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.2% Uniting Church, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sunshine District: 31.7% Buddhism, Sunshine District: 14.5% Islam, Sunshine District: 5.3% Greek Orthodox, Sunshine District: 5.1% Anglican, Sunshine District: 4.5% Hinduism, Sunshine District: 2.5% Sikhism, Sunshine District: 2.0% Baptist, Sunshine District: 1.9% Uniting Church, Sunshine District: 1.4% Christian,nfd, Sunshine District: 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, Sunshine District: -1,259 Buddhism, Sunshine District: +819 Islam, Sunshine District: +631 Greek Orthodox, Sunshine District: -150 Anglican, Sunshine District: -264 Hinduism, Sunshine District: +593 Sikhism, Sunshine District: +595 Baptist, Sunshine District: +471 Uniting Church, Sunshine District: -69 Christian,nfd, Sunshine District: +70
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 District 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, 78.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 12.7% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sunshine District was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 31.7% of the population or 13,746 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (14.5% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (31.7% compared to 35.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,259 persons)
  • Buddhism (+819 persons)
  • Islam (+631 persons)
  • Sikhism (+595 persons)