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Religion

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In Camden Council area, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+9,689) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Camden Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic26,58934.024.219,96235.227.5+6,627
Anglican16,72921.412.016,05228.316.1+677
Uniting Church1,8552.42.01,9633.52.8-108
Christian,nfd1,8442.42.21,0611.91.7+783
Islam1,5572.05.36011.14.7+956
Presbyterian and Reformed1,3121.72.01,3452.42.4-33
Pentecostal1,0361.31.17941.41.1+242
Baptist9791.31.28661.51.5+113
Hinduism9611.23.52890.52.6+672
Buddhism8761.13.95080.94.1+368
Greek Orthodox8631.12.45150.92.7+348
Serbian Orthodox3600.50.32260.40.3+134
Jehova's Witnesses2950.40.22130.40.3+82
Other Protestant2800.40.51750.30.3+105
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2500.30.31530.30.3+97
Lutheran2120.30.22260.40.4-14
Seventh Day Adventist2070.30.21000.20.3+107
Maronite Catholic1930.20.71150.20.6+78
Sikhism1920.20.6620.10.4+130
Assyrian Apostolic1760.20.2380.10.2+138
Coptic Orthodox1630.20.3450.10.3+118
Salvation Army1460.20.11110.20.2+35
Macedonian Orthodox1410.20.3830.10.4+58
Russian Orthodox1190.20.2830.10.2+36
Brethren1050.10.11370.20.1-32
Other Eastern Catholic920.10.260.00.1+86
Other Non-Christian Religions790.10.3340.10.2+45
Churches of Christ660.10.1520.10.1+14
Other Eastern Orthodox620.10.2970.20.6-35
Other Christian580.10.1410.10.1+17
Judaism460.10.7480.10.9-2
Christadelphian440.10.0490.10.0-5
Other Oriental Orthodox380.00.160.00.1+32
Paganism270.00.0390.10.1-12
Baha'i260.00.1210.00.1+5
Wiccan/Witchcraft220.00.0170.00.0+5
Chinese and Japanese Religions130.00.060.00.0+7
Spiritualism100.00.080.00.0+2
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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
Camden Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total54,21969.351.744,53078.560.9+9,689
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,8234.914.41,6412.913.2+2,182
Non-classifiable religious belief
2650.30.52450.40.6+20
map this data in atlas.idNo religion14,96219.124.97,32112.917.6+7,641
Not stated
4,9326.38.52,9835.37.6+1,949

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, Greater Sydney: 24.2% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 12.0% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Islam, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 3.5% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Camden Council area: 34.0% Anglican, Camden Council area: 21.4% Uniting Church, Camden Council area: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Camden Council area: 2.4% Islam, Camden Council area: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Camden Council area: 1.7% Pentecostal, Camden Council area: 1.3% Baptist, Camden Council area: 1.3% Hinduism, Camden Council area: 1.2% Buddhism, Camden Council area: 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, Camden Council area: +6,627 Anglican, Camden Council area: +677 Uniting Church, Camden Council area: -108 Christian,nfd, Camden Council area: +783 Islam, Camden Council area: +956 Presbyterian and Reformed, Camden Council area: -33 Pentecostal, Camden Council area: +242 Baptist, Camden Council area: +113 Hinduism, Camden Council area: +672 Buddhism, Camden Council area: +368
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 Camden Council area in 2016 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, 74.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 19.1% said they had no religion, compared with 66.2% and 24.9% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Camden Council area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 34.0% of the population or 26,589 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 Western (Roman) Catholic (34.0% compared to 24.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (21.4% compared to 12.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (2.0% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.1% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Camden Council area between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+6,627 persons)
  • Islam (+956 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+783 persons)
  • Anglican (+677 persons)
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