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In Gosford City, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+7,770) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Gosford City'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.

Gosford City'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
Gosford City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Anglican43,33326.716.145,01428.517.9-1,681
Western (Roman) Catholic41,52125.627.540,48825.628.3+1,033
Uniting Church7,2074.42.88,1965.23.4-989
Presbyterian and Reformed5,1753.22.45,4783.52.6-303
Christian,nfd4,1172.51.72,8001.81.3+1,317
Baptist3,2012.01.53,1322.01.5+69
Buddhism1,7161.14.11,0420.73.7+674
Pentecostal1,6721.01.11,8471.21.1-175
Other Protestant9860.60.39010.60.3+85
Seventh Day Adventist9050.60.38080.50.3+97
Greek Orthodox7760.52.77550.52.9+21
Lutheran7740.50.47910.50.5-17
Jehova's Witnesses6640.40.36130.40.3+51
Islam5410.34.74070.33.9+134
Salvation Army4990.30.25390.30.2-40
Hinduism4130.32.63140.21.7+99
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)4050.20.33840.20.3+21
Churches of Christ3660.20.14040.30.1-38
Judaism2670.20.92410.20.9+26
Brethren1720.10.11890.10.1-17
Russian Orthodox1690.10.21430.10.2+26
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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
Gosford City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total112,49169.360.9112,95971.464.0-468
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,5552.213.22,5801.610.9+975
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,2490.80.69330.60.6+316
map this data in atlas.idNo religion32,12619.817.624,35615.414.1+7,770
Not stated
13,0198.07.617,32611.010.4-4,307

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 Anglican, Greater Sydney: 16.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Sydney: 27.5% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Other Protestant, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Seventh Day Adventist, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Anglican, Gosford City: 26.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Gosford City: 25.6% Uniting Church, Gosford City: 4.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Gosford City: 3.2% Christian,nfd, Gosford City: 2.5% Baptist, Gosford City: 2.0% Buddhism, Gosford City: 1.1% Pentecostal, Gosford City: 1.0% Other Protestant, Gosford City: 0.6% Seventh Day Adventist, Gosford City: 0.6%
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 Anglican, Gosford City: -1,681 Western (Roman) Catholic, Gosford City: +1,033 Uniting Church, Gosford City: -989 Presbyterian and Reformed, Gosford City: -303 Christian,nfd, Gosford City: +1,317 Baptist, Gosford City: +69 Buddhism, Gosford City: +674 Pentecostal, Gosford City: -175 Other Protestant, Gosford City: +85 Seventh Day Adventist, Gosford City: +97
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 Gosford City 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, 71.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 19.8% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Gosford City was Anglican, with 26.7% of the population or 43,333 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Gosford City and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (26.7% compared to 16.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.3% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.1% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.3% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Gosford City between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-1,681 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,317 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,033 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-989 persons)
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