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In Sydenham District, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-1,322) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Sydenham District - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic19,41041.835.920,62944.339.9-1,219
Greek Orthodox2,9786.44.93,0116.55.4-33
Islam2,5375.55.62,5325.45.0+5
Anglican2,4095.24.52,5875.55.3-178
Buddhism2,3915.211.82,4525.310.8-61
Macedonian Orthodox1,4053.02.01,6243.52.4-219
Sikhism1,0162.22.04120.90.6+604
Other Eastern Orthodox9642.11.69332.01.8+31
Hinduism9212.02.25381.21.0+384
Uniting Church7341.61.58571.81.7-123
Christian,nfd6961.51.54891.01.1+208
Pentecostal5141.11.03630.80.7+151
Baptist4901.11.24971.10.9-7
Coptic Orthodox4481.00.44120.90.4+36
Presbyterian and Reformed4090.91.14070.91.2+2
Serbian Orthodox2230.50.62200.50.7+3
Jehova's Witnesses1950.40.42140.50.4-19
Other Protestant1820.40.41930.40.5-11
Lutheran1770.40.42090.40.5-32
Seventh Day Adventist1010.20.2960.20.2+5
Salvation Army910.20.1660.10.1+25
Assyrian Apostolic750.20.1470.10.0+28
Other Non-Christian Religions730.20.1410.10.1+32
Other Eastern Catholic720.20.1650.10.2+7
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)700.20.2490.10.2+21
Other Oriental Orthodox590.10.2140.00.1+45
Russian Orthodox490.10.1450.10.1+5
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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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total31,86068.758.733,18271.264.3-1,322
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6,99915.121.96,04213.017.7+957
Non-classifiable religious belief
1630.40.51540.30.4+9
map this data in atlas.idNo religion4,5119.711.03,8778.39.3+634
Not stated
2,8646.27.93,3567.28.4-492

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.6% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.6% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Uniting Church, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sydenham District: 41.8% Greek Orthodox, Sydenham District: 6.4% Islam, Sydenham District: 5.5% Anglican, Sydenham District: 5.2% Buddhism, Sydenham District: 5.2% Macedonian Orthodox, Sydenham District: 3.0% Sikhism, Sydenham District: 2.2% Other Eastern Orthodox, Sydenham District: 2.1% Hinduism, Sydenham District: 2.0% Uniting Church, Sydenham District: 1.6%
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 District: -1,219 Greek Orthodox, Sydenham District: -33 Islam, Sydenham District: +5 Anglican, Sydenham District: -178 Buddhism, Sydenham District: -61 Macedonian Orthodox, Sydenham District: -219 Sikhism, Sydenham District: +604 Other Eastern Orthodox, Sydenham District: +31 Hinduism, Sydenham District: +384 Uniting Church, Sydenham District: -123
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 District in 2011 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, 83.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 9.7% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sydenham District was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 41.8% of the population or 19,410 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 (41.8% compared to 35.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (6.4% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Macedonian Orthodox (3.0% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (5.2% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,219 persons)
  • Sikhism (+604 persons)
  • Hinduism (+384 persons)
  • Macedonian Orthodox (-219 persons)