In Wentworthville, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,120) compared to Christians and the non religious.
Wentworthville'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.
Wentworthville'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||1,479||21.2||30.5||35044||1,639||25.7||33.9||-160|
|Presbyterian and Reformed||121||1.7||1.6||35036||124||2.0||1.9||-4|
|Other Non-Christian Religions||47||0.7||0.4||35031||13||0.2||0.3||+34|
|Other Eastern Orthodox||38||0.5||1.3||35029||26||0.4||1.1||+11|
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|Religions - summary|
|Religion totals||Number||%||Holroyd City||Number||%||Holroyd City||2006 to 2011|
|Non Christian total||2,713||38.8||25.2||35501||1,594||25.0||17.6||+1,120|
|Non-classifiable religious belief||33||0.5||0.4||35502||14||0.2||0.4||+19|
Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Wentworthville in 2011 compared to Holroyd City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.
Overall, 83.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 9.2% said they had no religion, compared with 84.1% and 8.4% respectively for Holroyd City.
The largest single religion in Wentworthville was Hinduism, with 25.9% of the population or 1,810 people as adherents.
The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Wentworthville and Holroyd City were:
- A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (25.9% compared to 10.0%)
- A larger percentage who nominated Sikhism (3.4% compared to 1.3%)
- A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (21.2% compared to 30.5%)
- A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (5.9% compared to 10.4%)
The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Wentworthville between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:
- Hinduism (+859 persons)
- Western (Roman) Catholic (-160 persons)
- Anglican (-156 persons)
- Sikhism (+135 persons)