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In the Georges River Council, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+6,888) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

The Georges River Council'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'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
Georges River Council - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic32,46724.127.532,20325.528.3+264
Anglican16,57712.316.118,58414.717.9-2,007
Greek Orthodox11,2358.32.710,5508.42.9+685
Buddhism6,9845.24.15,2264.13.7+1,758
Islam5,1133.84.74,0693.23.9+1,044
Uniting Church3,4532.62.84,0783.23.4-625
Hinduism3,3622.52.61,8121.41.7+1,550
Macedonian Orthodox2,9872.20.42,4962.00.3+491
Presbyterian and Reformed2,8232.12.43,0462.42.6-223
Baptist2,6702.01.52,5062.01.5+164
Christian,nfd2,1771.61.71,5341.21.3+643
Coptic Orthodox1,4351.10.31,1750.90.3+260
Other Eastern Orthodox1,2440.90.61,4411.10.6-197
Pentecostal1,0350.81.11,0290.81.1+6
Jehova's Witnesses3600.30.33600.30.30
Other Protestant3560.30.33620.30.3-6
Serbian Orthodox3550.30.32700.20.3+85
Lutheran3130.20.44090.30.5-96
Maronite Catholic3070.20.63410.30.6-34
Salvation Army2900.20.23570.30.2-67
Sikhism2690.20.41550.10.2+114
Russian Orthodox2680.20.21900.20.2+78
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2650.20.32230.20.3+42
Judaism2370.20.92230.20.9+14
Other Christian1580.10.11600.10.1-2
Seventh Day Adventist1540.10.31170.10.3+37
Christadelphian1370.10.01190.10.0+18
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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
Georges River Council - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total81,41060.560.981,92264.864.0-512
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total16,31212.113.211,7459.310.9+4,567
Non-classifiable religious belief
6090.50.65010.40.6+108
map this data in atlas.idNo religion27,95220.817.621,06416.714.1+6,888
Not stated
8,3756.27.611,1118.810.4-2,736

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% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Islam, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 2.6% Macedonian Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Georges River Council: 24.1% Anglican, Georges River Council: 12.3% Greek Orthodox, Georges River Council: 8.3% Buddhism, Georges River Council: 5.2% Islam, Georges River Council: 3.8% Uniting Church, Georges River Council: 2.6% Hinduism, Georges River Council: 2.5% Macedonian Orthodox, Georges River Council: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Georges River Council: 2.1% Baptist, Georges River Council: 2.0%
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, Georges River Council: +264 Anglican, Georges River Council: -2,007 Greek Orthodox, Georges River Council: +685 Buddhism, Georges River Council: +1,758 Islam, Georges River Council: +1,044 Uniting Church, Georges River Council: -625 Hinduism, Georges River Council: +1,550 Macedonian Orthodox, Georges River Council: +491 Presbyterian and Reformed, Georges River Council: -223 Baptist, Georges River Council: +164
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 Georges River Council in 2011 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, 72.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 20.8% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in the Georges River Council was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.1% of the population or 32,467 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (8.3% compared to 2.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Macedonian Orthodox (2.2% compared to 0.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (12.3% compared to 16.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (24.1% compared to 27.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Georges River Council between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-2,007 persons)
  • Buddhism (+1,758 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,550 persons)
  • Islam (+1,044 persons)
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