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In Sydenham District, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-3,539) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

Sydenham 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.

Sydenham 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.

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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic17,14737.431.119,41041.835.9-2,263
Greek Orthodox2,8276.24.32,9786.44.9-151
Islam2,1634.75.82,5375.55.6-374
Buddhism2,1514.710.82,3915.211.8-240
Anglican1,8214.03.12,4095.24.5-588
Christian,nfd1,8103.93.56961.51.5+1,114
Sikhism1,2282.72.61,0162.22.0+212
Hinduism1,1392.52.99212.02.2+218
Macedonian Orthodox1,1222.41.51,4053.02.0-283
Pentecostal5501.21.45141.11.0+36
Uniting Church5151.11.07341.61.5-219
Baptist4501.01.54901.11.2-40
Coptic Orthodox4130.90.44481.00.4-35
Presbyterian and Reformed3330.70.94090.91.1-76
Serbian Orthodox2140.50.52230.50.6-9
Jehova's Witnesses1880.40.41950.40.4-7
Other Protestant1770.40.51820.40.4-5
Other Eastern Catholic1300.30.2720.20.1+58
Other Oriental Orthodox1250.30.4590.10.2+66
Lutheran890.20.21770.40.4-88
Other Eastern Orthodox790.20.19642.11.6-885
Seventh Day Adventist670.10.21010.20.2-34
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)650.10.3700.20.2-5
Assyrian Apostolic560.10.0750.20.1-19
Salvation Army540.10.1910.20.1-37
Other Non-Christian Religions400.10.1730.20.1-33
Maronite Catholic360.10.0350.10.0+1
Russian Orthodox200.00.1490.10.1-29
Churches of Christ150.00.1330.10.1-18
Other Christian120.00.1260.10.1-14
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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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total28,32161.751.931,86068.758.7-3,539
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6,74314.722.36,99915.121.9-256
Non-classifiable religious belief
1150.30.51630.40.5-48
map this data in atlas.idNo religion6,86915.016.94,5119.711.0+2,358
Not stated
3,5497.78.42,8646.27.9+685

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.8% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 10.8% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Pentecostal, City of Brimbank: 1.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sydenham District: 37.4% Greek Orthodox, Sydenham District: 6.2% Islam, Sydenham District: 4.7% Buddhism, Sydenham District: 4.7% Anglican, Sydenham District: 4.0% Christian,nfd, Sydenham District: 3.9% Sikhism, Sydenham District: 2.7% Hinduism, Sydenham District: 2.5% Macedonian Orthodox, Sydenham District: 2.4% Pentecostal, Sydenham District: 1.2%
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 District: -2,263 Greek Orthodox, Sydenham District: -151 Islam, Sydenham District: -374 Buddhism, Sydenham District: -240 Anglican, Sydenham District: -588 Christian,nfd, Sydenham District: +1,114 Sikhism, Sydenham District: +212 Hinduism, Sydenham District: +218 Macedonian Orthodox, Sydenham District: -283 Pentecostal, Sydenham District: +36
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 District in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 76.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.0% said they had no religion, compared with 74.2% and 16.9% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sydenham District was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 37.4% of the population or 17,147 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (37.4% compared to 31.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (6.2% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (4.7% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (4.7% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-2,263 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,114 persons)
  • Other Eastern Orthodox (-885 persons)
  • Anglican (-588 persons)
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