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West Croydon and District

Religion

In West Croydon and District, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+615) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
West Croydon and District - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Charles Sturt %Number%City of Charles Sturt %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic2,60226.529.82,59828.030.3+4
Greek Orthodox9689.96.31,01410.96.5-46
Anglican6146.39.86436.910.9-29
Uniting Church4614.76.84454.87.7+16
Buddhism4514.62.94254.62.7+26
Islam3843.91.92732.91.2+111
Serbian Orthodox1932.01.22042.21.2-11
Lutheran1922.02.12122.32.3-20
Christian,nfd1261.31.51161.21.2+10
Baptist1221.21.51471.61.7-25
Hinduism1051.11.0470.50.3+58
Sikhism760.80.700.00.0+76
Other Eastern Orthodox680.70.6620.70.7+6
Pentecostal570.61.1650.71.2-8
Presbyterian and Reformed530.50.8480.51.0+5
Salvation Army280.30.2460.50.2-18
Jehova's Witnesses250.30.3170.20.3+8
Churches of Christ240.20.3220.20.3+2
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)220.20.2100.10.2+12
Other Protestant210.20.2280.30.2-7
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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
West Croydon and District - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Charles Sturt %Number%City of Charles Sturt %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total5,62157.263.65,72861.766.8-107
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,07110.97.07968.64.8+275
Non-classifiable religious belief
1001.00.7790.90.7+21
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,32923.721.21,71418.517.8+615
Not stated
7007.17.596910.410.0-269

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, City of Charles Sturt: 29.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: 6.3% Anglican, City of Charles Sturt: 9.8% Uniting Church, City of Charles Sturt: 6.8% Buddhism, City of Charles Sturt: 2.9% Islam, City of Charles Sturt: 1.9% Serbian Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: 1.2% Lutheran, City of Charles Sturt: 2.1% Christian,nfd, City of Charles Sturt: 1.5% Baptist, City of Charles Sturt: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, West Croydon and District: 26.5% Greek Orthodox, West Croydon and District: 9.9% Anglican, West Croydon and District: 6.3% Uniting Church, West Croydon and District: 4.7% Buddhism, West Croydon and District: 4.6% Islam, West Croydon and District: 3.9% Serbian Orthodox, West Croydon and District: 2.0% Lutheran, West Croydon and District: 2.0% Christian,nfd, West Croydon and District: 1.3% Baptist, West Croydon and District: 1.2%
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, West Croydon and District: +4 Greek Orthodox, West Croydon and District: -46 Anglican, West Croydon and District: -29 Uniting Church, West Croydon and District: +16 Buddhism, West Croydon and District: +26 Islam, West Croydon and District: +111 Serbian Orthodox, West Croydon and District: -11 Lutheran, West Croydon and District: -20 Christian,nfd, West Croydon and District: +10 Baptist, West Croydon and District: -25
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 West Croydon and District in 2011 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, 68.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.7% said they had no religion, compared with 70.6% and 21.2% respectively for the City of Charles Sturt.

The largest single religion in West Croydon and District was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.5% of the population or 2,602 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 (9.9% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (6.3% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.5% compared to 29.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (4.7% compared to 6.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in West Croydon and District between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Islam (+111 persons)
  • Sikhism (+76 persons)
  • Hinduism (+58 persons)