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Religion

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In the Georges River Council area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+12,563) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The Georges River Council area'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 Georges River Council area'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
Georges River Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic30,76821.024.232,46724.127.5-1,699
Anglican12,7498.712.016,57712.316.1-3,828
Greek Orthodox10,8797.42.411,2358.32.7-356
Buddhism7,0334.83.96,9845.24.1+49
Hinduism6,7004.63.53,3622.52.6+3,338
Islam5,6363.85.35,1133.84.7+523
Christian,nfd3,6202.52.22,1771.61.7+1,443
Macedonian Orthodox2,9582.00.32,9872.20.4-29
Baptist2,5991.81.22,6702.01.5-71
Presbyterian and Reformed2,4711.72.02,8232.12.4-352
Uniting Church2,4581.72.03,4532.62.8-995
Coptic Orthodox1,5501.10.31,4351.10.3+115
Pentecostal1,1200.81.11,0350.81.1+85
Other Protestant8060.50.53560.30.3+450
Maronite Catholic4330.30.73070.20.6+126
Serbian Orthodox3770.30.33550.30.3+22
Jehova's Witnesses3680.30.23600.30.3+8
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2610.20.32650.20.3-4
Other Eastern Orthodox2590.20.21,2440.90.6-985
Sikhism2390.20.62690.20.4-30
Russian Orthodox2350.20.22680.20.2-33
Salvation Army2270.20.12900.20.2-63
Judaism2100.10.72370.20.9-27
Other Non-Christian Religions1650.10.31270.10.2+38
Lutheran1590.10.23130.20.4-154
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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
Georges River Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total75,00851.151.781,41060.560.9-6,402
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total20,20113.814.416,31212.113.2+3,889
Non-classifiable religious belief
5810.40.56090.50.6-28
map this data in atlas.idNo religion40,51527.624.927,95220.817.6+12,563
Not stated
10,5387.28.58,3756.27.6+2,163

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, Greater Sydney: 24.2% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 12.0% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 3.5% Islam, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Macedonian Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Georges River Council area: 21.0% Anglican, Georges River Council area: 8.7% Greek Orthodox, Georges River Council area: 7.4% Buddhism, Georges River Council area: 4.8% Hinduism, Georges River Council area: 4.6% Islam, Georges River Council area: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Georges River Council area: 2.5% Macedonian Orthodox, Georges River Council area: 2.0% Baptist, Georges River Council area: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Georges River Council area: 1.7%
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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Georges River Council area: -1,699 Anglican, Georges River Council area: -3,828 Greek Orthodox, Georges River Council area: -356 Buddhism, Georges River Council area: +49 Hinduism, Georges River Council area: +3,338 Islam, Georges River Council area: +523 Christian,nfd, Georges River Council area: +1,443 Macedonian Orthodox, Georges River Council area: -29 Baptist, Georges River Council area: -71 Presbyterian and Reformed, Georges River Council area: -352
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 the Georges River Council area in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 64.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 27.6% said they had no religion, compared with 66.2% and 24.9% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in the Georges River Council area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.0% of the population or 30,768 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Georges River Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (7.4% compared to 2.4%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Macedonian Orthodox (2.0% compared to 0.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (8.7% compared to 12.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (21.0% compared to 24.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Georges River Council area between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-3,828 persons)
  • Hinduism (+3,338 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,699 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,443 persons)
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