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In City of Canterbury Bankstown, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+19,890) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2016.

City of Canterbury Bankstown'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.

City of Canterbury Bankstown'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
City of Canterbury Bankstown - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Islam71,89420.85.357,63818.04.7+14,256
Western (Roman) Catholic70,64220.424.277,61724.327.5-6,975
Greek Orthodox24,4457.12.425,4808.02.7-1,035
Buddhism21,2156.13.921,7056.84.1-490
Anglican19,5805.712.025,7208.016.1-6,140
Maronite Catholic9,7532.80.78,0662.50.6+1,687
Christian,nfd7,4482.22.23,8171.21.7+3,631
Hinduism6,5781.93.54,9631.62.6+1,615
Presbyterian and Reformed4,6891.42.05,2931.72.4-604
Uniting Church4,3631.32.05,7371.82.8-1,374
Baptist3,8871.11.24,3981.41.5-511
Macedonian Orthodox3,0020.90.33,1631.00.4-161
Pentecostal2,6790.81.12,8680.91.1-189
Other Eastern Orthodox2,4880.70.24,5551.40.6-2,067
Coptic Orthodox1,9270.60.31,7610.60.3+166
Other Protestant1,3900.40.51,0470.30.3+343
Sikhism1,0660.30.68990.30.4+167
Jehova's Witnesses8170.20.29230.30.3-106
Other Eastern Catholic6790.20.26330.20.1+46
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6780.20.36720.20.3+6
Other Non-Christian Religions6660.20.36980.20.2-32
Seventh Day Adventist5420.20.26220.20.3-80
Other Oriental Orthodox5290.20.15140.20.1+15
Serbian Orthodox5180.10.35750.20.3-57
Salvation Army4350.10.15710.20.2-136
Lutheran4210.10.27730.20.4-352
Russian Orthodox2680.10.23570.10.2-89
Churches of Christ2380.10.12430.10.1-5
Other Christian2140.10.13300.10.1-116
Judaism1710.00.71680.10.9+3
Chinese and Japanese Religions1450.00.01280.00.0+17
Christadelphian1310.00.01370.00.0-6
Armenian Apostolic1180.00.11000.00.1+18
Assyrian Apostolic1130.00.2650.00.2+48
Baha'i930.00.11030.00.1-10
Paganism490.00.0760.00.1-27
Spiritualism410.00.0510.00.0-10
Other Nature Religions380.00.0380.00.00
Wiccan/Witchcraft300.00.0460.00.0-16
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions230.00.0280.00.0-5
Brethren230.00.1880.00.1-65
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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
City of Canterbury Bankstown - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total162,01746.851.7176,12555.160.9-14,108
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total102,00929.514.486,54127.113.2+15,468
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,0240.30.51,0860.30.6-62
map this data in atlas.idNo religion52,24815.124.932,35810.117.6+19,890
Not stated
29,0118.48.523,6967.47.6+5,315

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 Islam, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Sydney: 24.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 12.0% Maronite Catholic, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 3.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Islam, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 20.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 20.4% Greek Orthodox, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 7.1% Buddhism, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 6.1% Anglican, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 5.7% Maronite Catholic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 2.8% Christian,nfd, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 2.2% Hinduism, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.4% Uniting Church, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.3%
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 Islam, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +14,256 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -6,975 Greek Orthodox, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -1,035 Buddhism, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -490 Anglican, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -6,140 Maronite Catholic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +1,687 Christian,nfd, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +3,631 Hinduism, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +1,615 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -604 Uniting Church, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -1,374
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 City of Canterbury Bankstown 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, 76.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.1% said they had no religion, compared with 66.2% and 24.9% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in City of Canterbury Bankstown was Islam, with 20.8% of the population or 71,894 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of City of Canterbury Bankstown and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (20.8% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (7.1% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (5.7% compared to 12.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (20.4% compared to 24.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in City of Canterbury Bankstown between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Islam (+14,256 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-6,975 persons)
  • Anglican (-6,140 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+3,631 persons)
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