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In Liverpool City, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+10,862) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Liverpool 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.

Liverpool 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
Liverpool City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic57,01831.727.554,70533.228.3+2,313
Anglican19,26210.716.120,19412.317.9-932
Islam19,19910.74.713,7348.33.9+5,465
Buddhism10,5125.84.19,2385.63.7+1,274
Hinduism8,7614.92.66,4563.91.7+2,305
Greek Orthodox5,1542.92.75,0743.12.9+80
Serbian Orthodox3,7022.10.33,3592.00.3+343
Christian,nfd2,9381.61.72,0341.21.3+904
Other Non-Christian Religions2,8981.60.21,3360.80.2+1,562
Other Eastern Orthodox2,7801.50.62,7991.70.6-19
Baptist2,6531.51.52,1191.31.5+534
Pentecostal2,5911.41.12,2191.31.1+372
Uniting Church2,3621.32.82,5891.63.4-227
Presbyterian and Reformed2,2101.22.42,3061.42.6-96
Macedonian Orthodox1,4820.80.41,2410.80.3+241
Coptic Orthodox1,3730.80.31,0130.60.3+360
Assyrian Apostolic1,2070.70.29260.60.2+281
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)9650.50.39080.60.3+57
Jehova's Witnesses9440.50.38930.50.3+51
Maronite Catholic7080.40.66530.40.6+55
Sikhism6020.30.43510.20.2+251
Other Eastern Catholic5600.30.15630.30.1-3
Other Protestant5570.30.34920.30.3+65
Seventh Day Adventist5100.30.34320.30.3+78
Lutheran4520.30.45380.30.5-86
Russian Orthodox3320.20.23260.20.2+6
Other Christian2460.10.11850.10.1+61
Salvation Army2420.10.22510.20.2-9
Other Oriental Orthodox2380.10.11010.10.0+137
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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
Liverpool City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total110,88161.660.9106,35364.664.0+4,528
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total42,34623.513.231,48419.110.9+10,862
Non-classifiable religious belief
6880.40.66340.40.6+54
map this data in atlas.idNo religion13,4567.517.611,1136.814.1+2,343
Not stated
12,7727.17.615,0199.110.4-2,247

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% Islam, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Serbian Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Other Non-Christian Religions, Greater Sydney: 0.2% Other Eastern Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Liverpool City: 31.7% Anglican, Liverpool City: 10.7% Islam, Liverpool City: 10.7% Buddhism, Liverpool City: 5.8% Hinduism, Liverpool City: 4.9% Greek Orthodox, Liverpool City: 2.9% Serbian Orthodox, Liverpool City: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Liverpool City: 1.6% Other Non-Christian Religions, Liverpool City: 1.6% Other Eastern Orthodox, Liverpool City: 1.5%
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, Liverpool City: +2,313 Anglican, Liverpool City: -932 Islam, Liverpool City: +5,465 Buddhism, Liverpool City: +1,274 Hinduism, Liverpool City: +2,305 Greek Orthodox, Liverpool City: +80 Serbian Orthodox, Liverpool City: +343 Christian,nfd, Liverpool City: +904 Other Non-Christian Religions, Liverpool City: +1,562 Other Eastern Orthodox, Liverpool City: -19
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 Liverpool City in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 85.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 7.5% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Liverpool City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 31.7% of the population or 57,018 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (10.7% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (31.7% compared to 27.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (4.9% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.7% compared to 16.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+5,465 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+2,313 persons)
  • Hinduism (+2,305 persons)
  • Other Non-Christian Religions (+1,562 persons)
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