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West Croydon and District

Religion

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In West Croydon and District, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-896) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

West Croydon and 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.

West Croydon and 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.

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
West Croydon and District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Charles Sturt %Number%City of Charles Sturt %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,28223.026.62,60126.529.8-320
Greek Orthodox9229.35.79679.96.3-45
Anglican4614.67.56146.39.8-153
Islam4454.52.33833.91.9+62
Buddhism4024.02.84504.62.9-48
Uniting Church3033.14.94614.76.8-157
Christian,nfd1942.02.41251.31.5+69
Lutheran1521.51.41922.02.1-39
Serbian Orthodox1491.51.01932.01.2-44
Hinduism1211.21.31041.11.0+17
Sikhism840.90.9750.80.7+9
Baptist670.71.21221.21.5-55
Pentecostal480.51.0570.61.1-9
Jehova's Witnesses240.20.3250.30.3-1
Other Protestant230.20.4200.20.2+3
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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
West Croydon and District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Charles Sturt %Number%City of Charles Sturt %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total4,72447.554.85,62057.263.6-896
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,07510.87.61,07010.97.0+4
Non-classifiable religious belief
710.70.61001.00.7-29
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,09131.129.42,32923.721.2+762
Not stated
8728.87.77007.17.5+172

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, City of Charles Sturt: 26.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: 5.7% Anglican, City of Charles Sturt: 7.5% Islam, City of Charles Sturt: 2.3% Buddhism, City of Charles Sturt: 2.8% Uniting Church, City of Charles Sturt: 4.9% Christian,nfd, City of Charles Sturt: 2.4% Lutheran, City of Charles Sturt: 1.4% Serbian Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: 1.0% Hinduism, City of Charles Sturt: 1.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, West Croydon and District: 23.0% Greek Orthodox, West Croydon and District: 9.3% Anglican, West Croydon and District: 4.6% Islam, West Croydon and District: 4.5% Buddhism, West Croydon and District: 4.0% Uniting Church, West Croydon and District: 3.1% Christian,nfd, West Croydon and District: 2.0% Lutheran, West Croydon and District: 1.5% Serbian Orthodox, West Croydon and District: 1.5% Hinduism, West Croydon and District: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, West Croydon and District: -320 Greek Orthodox, West Croydon and District: -45 Anglican, West Croydon and District: -153 Islam, West Croydon and District: +62 Buddhism, West Croydon and District: -48 Uniting Church, West Croydon and District: -157 Christian,nfd, West Croydon and District: +69 Lutheran, West Croydon and District: -39 Serbian Orthodox, West Croydon and District: -44 Hinduism, West Croydon and District: +17
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 West Croydon and District in 2016 compared to the City of Charles Sturt shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 58.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 31.1% said they had no religion, compared with 62.4% and 29.4% respectively for the City of Charles Sturt.

The largest single religion in West Croydon and District was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.0% of the population or 2,282 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of West Croydon and District and the City of Charles Sturt were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (9.3% compared to 5.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (4.5% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.0% compared to 26.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (4.6% compared to 7.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in West Croydon and District between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-320 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-157 persons)
  • Anglican (-153 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+69 persons)
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