In Merrylands, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,960) compared to Christians and the non religious.
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?'
|Religions - ranked by size|
|Religion||Number||%||Holroyd City||Number||%||Holroyd City||2006 to 2011|
|Western (Roman) Catholic||5,126||26.4||30.5||35044||5,407||29.9||33.9||-281|
|Other Eastern Orthodox||401||2.1||1.3||35029||299||1.7||1.1||+103|
|Presbyterian and Reformed||243||1.3||1.6||35036||281||1.6||1.9||-38|
|Seventh Day Adventist||71||0.4||0.3||35040||63||0.3||0.3||+8|
|Other Eastern Catholic||70||0.4||0.3||35028||68||0.4||0.2||+2|
|Other Non-Christian Religions||69||0.4||0.4||35031||20||0.1||0.3||+49|
|Other Oriental Orthodox||40||0.2||0.1||35032||27||0.2||0.1||+12|
|Latter Day Saints (Mormons)||39||0.2||0.3||35020||70||0.4||0.3||-31|
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|Religions - summary|
|Religion totals||Number||%||Holroyd City||Number||%||Holroyd City||2006 to 2011|
|Non Christian total||5,491||28.3||25.2||35501||3,531||19.5||17.6||+1,960|
|Non-classifiable religious belief||99||0.5||0.4||35502||47||0.3||0.4||+52|
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 7.2% said they had no religion, compared with 84.1% and 8.4% respectively for Holroyd City.
The largest single religion in Merrylands was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.4% of the population or 5,126 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 10.4%)
- A larger percentage who nominated Maronite Catholic (7.9% compared to 4.3%)
- A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (4.8% compared to 10.0%)
- A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.4% compared to 30.5%)
The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Merrylands between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:
- Islam (+1,100 persons)
- Hinduism (+458 persons)
- Western (Roman) Catholic (-281 persons)
- Anglican (-279 persons)