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Greater Western Sydney Region

Religion

In the Greater Western Sydney Region, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+84,623) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

The Greater Western Sydney Region'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.

The Greater Western Sydney Region'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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic571,65629.727.5553,08730.928.3+18,569
Anglican291,18415.116.1302,92216.917.9-11,738
Islam143,3227.54.7108,6796.13.9+34,643
Buddhism100,3965.24.187,9644.93.7+12,432
Hinduism70,0313.62.642,9312.41.7+27,100
Uniting Church48,7962.52.852,9703.03.4-4,174
Presbyterian and Reformed41,4492.22.441,2632.32.6+186
Christian,nfd35,9541.91.724,1941.41.3+11,760
Greek Orthodox35,4261.82.735,1392.02.9+287
Baptist31,2751.61.529,7271.71.5+1,548
Pentecostal27,5311.41.125,3171.41.1+2,214
Maronite Catholic18,2270.90.617,2181.00.6+1,009
Sikhism14,5060.80.47,1680.40.2+7,338
Other Eastern Orthodox14,2950.70.613,9720.80.6+323
Serbian Orthodox10,0480.50.39,6270.50.3+421
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)8,9130.50.38,4310.50.3+482
Coptic Orthodox8,7410.50.37,3150.40.3+1,426
Assyrian Apostolic8,0660.40.26,4130.40.2+1,653
Other Protestant7,0410.40.36,4860.40.3+555
Jehova's Witnesses6,9750.40.36,6960.40.3+279
Other Non-Christian Religions6,6160.30.24,2420.20.2+2,374
Seventh Day Adventist6,5900.30.35,7890.30.3+801
Lutheran6,3880.30.47,4240.40.5-1,036
Macedonian Orthodox6,3820.30.45,6150.30.3+767
Other Eastern Catholic5,0750.30.14,4570.20.1+618
Russian Orthodox3,8710.20.23,8170.20.2+54
Salvation Army3,7240.20.23,9650.20.2-241
Churches of Christ2,7400.10.13,2810.20.1-541
Other Christian2,5600.10.12,3390.10.1+221
Brethren2,5440.10.12,6960.20.1-152
Baha'i2,0070.10.11,9220.10.1+85
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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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Christian total1,209,42862.960.91,183,48566.264.0+25,943
Non Christian total341,26017.713.2256,63714.310.9+84,623
Non-classifiable religious belief9,6810.50.67,9980.40.6+1,683
No religion233,90512.217.6186,76010.414.1+47,145
Not stated129,4266.77.6154,0668.610.4-24,640

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% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 16.1% Islam, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 2.6% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Western Sydney Region: 29.7% Anglican, Greater Western Sydney Region: 15.1% Islam, Greater Western Sydney Region: 7.5% Buddhism, Greater Western Sydney Region: 5.2% Hinduism, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.6% Uniting Church, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.2% Christian,nfd, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.9% Greek Orthodox, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.8% Baptist, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.6%
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, Greater Western Sydney Region: +18,569 Anglican, Greater Western Sydney Region: -11,738 Islam, Greater Western Sydney Region: +34,643 Buddhism, Greater Western Sydney Region: +12,432 Hinduism, Greater Western Sydney Region: +27,100 Uniting Church, Greater Western Sydney Region: -4,174 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Western Sydney Region: +186 Christian,nfd, Greater Western Sydney Region: +11,760 Greek Orthodox, Greater Western Sydney Region: +287 Baptist, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,548
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 the Greater Western Sydney Region 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, 80.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 12.2% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in the Greater Western Sydney Region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 29.7% of the population or 571,656 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (7.5% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (29.7% compared to 27.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (5.2% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (3.6% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Greater Western Sydney Region between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Islam (+34,643 persons)
  • Hinduism (+27,100 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+18,569 persons)
  • Buddhism (+12,432 persons)
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