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City of Canterbury Bankstown

Religion

In City of Canterbury Bankstown, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+18,217) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

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.

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)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic77,61724.327.577,71325.928.3-97
Islam57,63818.04.743,75814.63.9+13,880
Anglican25,7208.016.129,4559.817.9-3,736
Greek Orthodox25,4808.02.725,3338.42.9+147
Buddhism21,7056.84.119,5726.53.7+2,132
Maronite Catholic8,0662.50.68,2542.70.6-188
Uniting Church5,7371.82.86,4512.13.4-714
Presbyterian and Reformed5,2931.72.45,9362.02.6-643
Hinduism4,9631.62.63,2701.11.7+1,693
Other Eastern Orthodox4,5551.40.64,3441.40.6+211
Baptist4,3981.41.54,1061.41.5+291
Christian,nfd3,8171.21.72,8871.01.3+930
Macedonian Orthodox3,1631.00.42,7230.90.3+440
Pentecostal2,8680.91.12,7070.91.1+161
Coptic Orthodox1,7610.60.31,4100.50.3+351
Other Protestant1,0470.30.31,0850.40.3-39
Jehova's Witnesses9230.30.38360.30.3+86
Sikhism8990.30.45430.20.2+356
Lutheran7730.20.49600.30.5-188
Other Non-Christian Religions6980.20.26310.20.2+67
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6720.20.36220.20.3+49
Other Eastern Catholic6330.20.16330.20.10
Seventh Day Adventist6220.20.36250.20.3-3
Serbian Orthodox5750.20.35200.20.3+55
Salvation Army5710.20.26080.20.2-38
Other Oriental Orthodox5140.20.14210.10.0+93
Russian Orthodox3570.10.23800.10.2-23
Other Christian3300.10.12570.10.1+73
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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
City of Canterbury Bankstown - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total176,12555.160.9179,05859.664.0-2,933
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total86,54127.113.268,32422.710.9+18,217
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,0860.30.69720.30.6+113
map this data in atlas.idNo religion32,35810.117.625,7688.614.1+6,589
Not stated
23,6967.47.626,2878.810.4-2,592

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% Islam, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 16.1% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Maronite Catholic, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 2.6% Other Eastern Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 24.3% Islam, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 18.0% Anglican, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 8.0% Greek Orthodox, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 8.0% Buddhism, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 6.8% Maronite Catholic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 2.5% Uniting Church, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.7% Hinduism, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.6% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.4%
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, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -97 Islam, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +13,880 Anglican, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -3,736 Greek Orthodox, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +147 Buddhism, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +2,132 Maronite Catholic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -188 Uniting Church, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -714 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -643 Hinduism, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +1,693 Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +211
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 City of Canterbury Bankstown 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, 82.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 10.1% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in City of Canterbury Bankstown was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.3% of the population or 77,617 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 (18.0% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (8.0% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (8.0% compared to 16.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (24.3% compared to 27.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in City of Canterbury Bankstown between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Islam (+13,880 persons)
  • Anglican (-3,736 persons)
  • Buddhism (+2,132 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,693 persons)
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