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In Camden Council area, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+5,387) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Camden Council area'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.

Camden Council area'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
Camden Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic19,96235.227.517,13134.528.3+2,831
Anglican16,05228.316.114,47129.117.9+1,581
Uniting Church1,9633.52.81,9724.03.4-9
Presbyterian and Reformed1,3452.42.41,3172.72.6+28
Christian,nfd1,0611.91.76081.21.3+453
Baptist8661.51.58761.81.5-10
Pentecostal7941.41.16431.31.1+151
Islam6011.14.74000.83.9+201
Greek Orthodox5150.92.74110.82.9+104
Buddhism5080.94.13600.73.7+148
Hinduism2890.52.61580.31.7+131
Lutheran2260.40.42400.50.5-14
Serbian Orthodox2260.40.31690.30.3+57
Jehova's Witnesses2130.40.32270.50.3-14
Other Protestant1750.30.31500.30.3+25
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1530.30.31120.20.3+41
Brethren1370.20.11640.30.1-27
Maronite Catholic1150.20.6960.20.6+19
Salvation Army1110.20.2920.20.2+19
Seventh Day Adventist1000.20.3690.10.3+31
Other Eastern Orthodox970.20.6940.20.6+3
Russian Orthodox830.10.2420.10.2+41
Macedonian Orthodox830.10.4460.10.3+37
Sikhism620.10.4300.10.2+32
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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
Camden Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total44,53078.560.939,14378.864.0+5,387
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,6412.913.21,0632.110.9+578
Non-classifiable religious belief
2450.40.61950.40.6+50
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,32112.917.65,61511.314.1+1,706
Not stated
2,9835.37.63,6287.310.4-645

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, Greater Sydney: 27.5% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 16.1% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Islam, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Camden Council area: 35.2% Anglican, Camden Council area: 28.3% Uniting Church, Camden Council area: 3.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Camden Council area: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Camden Council area: 1.9% Baptist, Camden Council area: 1.5% Pentecostal, Camden Council area: 1.4% Islam, Camden Council area: 1.1% Greek Orthodox, Camden Council area: 0.9% Buddhism, Camden Council area: 0.9%
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, Camden Council area: +2,831 Anglican, Camden Council area: +1,581 Uniting Church, Camden Council area: -9 Presbyterian and Reformed, Camden Council area: +28 Christian,nfd, Camden Council area: +453 Baptist, Camden Council area: -10 Pentecostal, Camden Council area: +151 Islam, Camden Council area: +201 Greek Orthodox, Camden Council area: +104 Buddhism, Camden Council area: +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 Camden Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 81.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 12.9% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Camden Council area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 35.2% of the population or 19,962 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Camden Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (28.3% compared to 16.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (35.2% compared to 27.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.1% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.9% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Camden Council area between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+2,831 persons)
  • Anglican (+1,581 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+453 persons)
  • Islam (+201 persons)
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