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In Liverpool City, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+9,933) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2016.

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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Liverpool City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic56,12227.524.257,01831.727.5-896
Islam24,55012.05.319,19910.74.7+5,351
Anglican15,0467.412.019,26210.716.1-4,216
Buddhism11,2685.53.910,5125.84.1+756
Hinduism10,0904.93.58,7614.92.6+1,329
Christian,nfd6,6943.32.22,9381.61.7+3,756
Greek Orthodox5,5832.72.45,1542.92.7+429
Other Non-Christian Religions5,1532.50.32,8981.60.2+2,255
Serbian Orthodox3,9301.90.33,7022.10.3+228
Pentecostal3,0311.51.12,5911.41.1+440
Baptist2,5011.21.22,6531.51.5-152
Presbyterian and Reformed2,0591.02.02,2101.22.4-151
Assyrian Apostolic1,9080.90.21,2070.70.2+701
Uniting Church1,7940.92.02,3621.32.8-568
Coptic Orthodox1,7460.90.31,3730.80.3+373
Macedonian Orthodox1,7440.90.31,4820.80.4+262
Other Eastern Catholic1,3720.70.25600.30.1+812
Maronite Catholic1,0260.50.77080.40.6+318
Other Protestant8990.40.55570.30.3+342
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)8870.40.39650.50.3-78
Sikhism8850.40.66020.30.4+283
Jehova's Witnesses8260.40.29440.50.3-118
Seventh Day Adventist5410.30.25100.30.3+31
Other Eastern Orthodox4220.20.22,7801.50.6-2,358
Other Oriental Orthodox3570.20.12380.10.1+119
Russian Orthodox3150.20.23320.20.2-17
Lutheran2470.10.24520.30.4-205
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. 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)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total109,76653.751.7110,88161.660.9-1,115
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total52,27925.614.442,34623.513.2+9,933
Non-classifiable religious belief
6830.30.56880.40.6-5
map this data in atlas.idNo religion23,31011.424.913,4567.517.6+9,854
Not stated
18,2778.98.512,7727.17.6+5,505

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2016
Religion, 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Sydney: 24.2% Islam, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 12.0% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 3.5% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Other Non-Christian Religions, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Serbian Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Liverpool City: 27.5% Islam, Liverpool City: 12.0% Anglican, Liverpool City: 7.4% Buddhism, Liverpool City: 5.5% Hinduism, Liverpool City: 4.9% Christian,nfd, Liverpool City: 3.3% Greek Orthodox, Liverpool City: 2.7% Other Non-Christian Religions, Liverpool City: 2.5% Serbian Orthodox, Liverpool City: 1.9% Pentecostal, Liverpool City: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Liverpool City: -896 Islam, Liverpool City: +5,351 Anglican, Liverpool City: -4,216 Buddhism, Liverpool City: +756 Hinduism, Liverpool City: +1,329 Christian,nfd, Liverpool City: +3,756 Greek Orthodox, Liverpool City: +429 Other Non-Christian Religions, Liverpool City: +2,255 Serbian Orthodox, Liverpool City: +228 Pentecostal, Liverpool City: +440
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 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, 79.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 11.4% said they had no religion, compared with 66.2% and 24.9% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Liverpool City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.5% of the population or 56,122 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 (12.0% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (27.5% compared to 24.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Other Non-Christian Religions (2.5% compared to 0.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (7.4% compared to 12.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Liverpool City between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Islam (+5,351 persons)
  • Anglican (-4,216 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+3,756 persons)
  • Other Eastern Orthodox (-2,358 persons)
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