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In the Macarthur Region, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+21,591) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2016.

The Macarthur Region'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.

The Macarthur Region'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
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic82,52729.124.277,30631.427.5+5,221
Anglican53,89919.012.060,74524.716.1-6,846
Islam14,2065.05.39,0433.74.7+5,163
Hinduism8,0472.83.54,7461.92.6+3,301
Christian,nfd7,3062.62.24,8942.01.7+2,412
Uniting Church6,0742.12.07,2532.92.8-1,179
Presbyterian and Reformed5,3221.92.05,7402.32.4-418
Buddhism5,1611.83.94,1391.74.1+1,022
Pentecostal3,9441.41.13,5081.41.1+436
Baptist3,8951.41.24,0251.61.5-130
Greek Orthodox2,9941.12.42,4221.02.7+572
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1,9440.70.31,7440.70.3+200
Other Protestant1,4710.50.59260.40.3+545
Sikhism1,2510.40.67250.30.4+526
Jehova's Witnesses1,2160.40.21,1800.50.3+36
Seventh Day Adventist1,0790.40.29520.40.3+127
Coptic Orthodox9850.30.37480.30.3+237
Serbian Orthodox7760.30.36590.30.3+117
Lutheran7700.30.21,0830.40.4-313
Salvation Army5150.20.15690.20.2-54
Brethren5110.20.15300.20.1-19
Other Non-Christian Religions4650.20.31750.10.2+290
Russian Orthodox4560.20.24240.20.2+32
Maronite Catholic4410.20.72710.10.6+170
Macedonian Orthodox4250.10.33290.10.4+96
Other Eastern Catholic3130.10.2420.00.1+271
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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
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Christian total178,14262.851.7176,87571.960.9+1,267
Non Christian total29,83110.514.419,5467.913.2+10,285
Non-classifiable religious belief1,1440.40.51,2530.50.6-109
No religion53,82519.024.932,23413.117.6+21,591
Not stated20,7797.38.516,0426.57.6+4,737

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% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 12.0% Islam, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 3.5% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Macarthur Region: 29.1% Anglican, Macarthur Region: 19.0% Islam, Macarthur Region: 5.0% Hinduism, Macarthur Region: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Macarthur Region: 2.6% Uniting Church, Macarthur Region: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Macarthur Region: 1.9% Buddhism, Macarthur Region: 1.8% Pentecostal, Macarthur Region: 1.4% Baptist, Macarthur Region: 1.4%
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, Macarthur Region: +5,221 Anglican, Macarthur Region: -6,846 Islam, Macarthur Region: +5,163 Hinduism, Macarthur Region: +3,301 Christian,nfd, Macarthur Region: +2,412 Uniting Church, Macarthur Region: -1,179 Presbyterian and Reformed, Macarthur Region: -418 Buddhism, Macarthur Region: +1,022 Pentecostal, Macarthur Region: +436 Baptist, Macarthur Region: -130
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 the Macarthur Region 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, 73.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 19.0% said they had no religion, compared with 66.2% and 24.9% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in the Macarthur Region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 29.1% of the population or 82,527 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (19.0% compared to 12.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (29.1% compared to 24.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.8% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.1% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-6,846 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+5,221 persons)
  • Islam (+5,163 persons)
  • Hinduism (+3,301 persons)
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