Merrylands
Religion

In Merrylands, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,931) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Merrylands'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.

Merrylands'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
Merrylands20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Holroyd City %Number%Holroyd City %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic5,10726.630.55,39530.033.9-288
Islam3,48718.110.52,38613.28.4+1,101
Maronite Catholic1,5468.04.31,4137.84.1+134
Anglican1,2526.59.61,5128.412.1-260
Hinduism9334.910.14852.75.7+448
Buddhism6433.32.75353.02.5+108
Greek Orthodox4312.22.55543.12.9-123
Other Eastern Orthodox3882.01.32931.61.1+95
Uniting Church3061.62.13912.22.6-85
Sikhism2601.41.3350.20.5+225
Christian,nfd2561.31.41700.91.0+86
Presbyterian and Reformed2301.21.52711.51.9-41
Pentecostal2011.01.12111.21.1-10
Baptist1861.01.22001.11.3-14
Serbian Orthodox1250.60.31801.00.3-56
Coptic Orthodox1180.60.41120.60.4+6
Other Eastern Catholic690.40.3740.40.2-5
Seventh Day Adventist660.30.3570.30.3+9
Jehova's Witnesses650.30.2720.40.3-7
Other Non-Christian Religions590.30.4220.10.3+37
Russian Orthodox580.30.2490.30.2+9
Other Protestant560.30.3490.30.2+7
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)430.20.3630.40.3-20
Salvation Army340.20.1200.10.1+14
Other Oriental Orthodox330.20.1270.10.1+6
Lutheran310.20.2410.20.3-10
Other Christian250.10.2450.20.2-20
Armenian Apostolic240.10.1330.20.1-9
Assyrian Apostolic240.10.1270.20.1-3
Baha'i210.10.2360.20.2-15
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - summary
Merrylands20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Holroyd City %Number%Holroyd City %2006 to 2011
Christian total
10,70355.758.811,29062.765.7-587
Non Christian total
5,43528.325.33,50419.517.7+1,931
Non-classifiable religious belief
1000.50.4570.30.4+43
No religion
1,3997.38.41,3507.58.1+49
Not stated
1,5878.37.01,80710.08.2-219

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Holroyd City: 30.5% Islam, Holroyd City: 10.5% Maronite Catholic, Holroyd City: 4.3% Anglican, Holroyd City: 9.6% Hinduism, Holroyd City: 10.1% Buddhism, Holroyd City: 2.7% Greek Orthodox, Holroyd City: 2.5% Other Eastern Orthodox, Holroyd City: 1.3% Uniting Church, Holroyd City: 2.1% Sikhism, Holroyd City: 1.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Merrylands: 26.6% Islam, Merrylands: 18.1% Maronite Catholic, Merrylands: 8.0% Anglican, Merrylands: 6.5% Hinduism, Merrylands: 4.9% Buddhism, Merrylands: 3.3% Greek Orthodox, Merrylands: 2.2% Other Eastern Orthodox, Merrylands: 2.0% Uniting Church, Merrylands: 1.6% Sikhism, Merrylands: 1.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated 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, Merrylands: -288 Islam, Merrylands: +1,101 Maronite Catholic, Merrylands: +134 Anglican, Merrylands: -260 Hinduism, Merrylands: +448 Buddhism, Merrylands: +108 Greek Orthodox, Merrylands: -123 Other Eastern Orthodox, Merrylands: +95 Uniting Church, Merrylands: -85 Sikhism, Merrylands: +225
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Merrylands in 2011 compared to Holroyd City shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 83.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 7.3% said they had no religion, compared with 84.2% and 8.4% respectively for Holroyd City.

The largest single religion in Merrylands was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.6% of the population or 5,107 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Merrylands and Holroyd City were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (18.1% compared to 10.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Maronite Catholic (8.0% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (4.9% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.6% compared to 30.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+1,101 persons)
  • Hinduism (+448 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-288 persons)
  • Anglican (-260 persons)