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In the Macarthur Region, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+6,113) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic77,30631.427.573,19831.428.3+4,108
Anglican60,74524.716.160,87126.117.9-126
Islam9,0433.74.76,9003.03.9+2,143
Uniting Church7,2532.92.87,5873.33.4-334
Presbyterian and Reformed5,7402.32.46,0502.62.6-310
Christian,nfd4,8942.01.73,1531.41.3+1,741
Hinduism4,7461.92.63,4581.51.7+1,288
Buddhism4,1391.74.13,4891.53.7+650
Baptist4,0251.61.54,0951.81.5-70
Pentecostal3,5081.41.12,8241.21.1+684
Greek Orthodox2,4221.02.72,3121.02.9+110
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1,7440.70.31,4700.60.3+274
Jehova's Witnesses1,1800.50.31,2080.50.3-28
Lutheran1,0830.40.41,2510.50.5-168
Seventh Day Adventist9520.40.38430.40.3+109
Other Protestant9260.40.37910.30.3+135
Coptic Orthodox7480.30.36680.30.3+80
Sikhism7250.30.43930.20.2+332
Serbian Orthodox6590.30.35630.20.3+96
Other Eastern Orthodox6400.30.66200.30.6+20
Salvation Army5690.20.26480.30.2-79
Brethren5300.20.15750.20.1-45
Russian Orthodox4240.20.23830.20.2+41
Macedonian Orthodox3290.10.42980.10.3+31
Other Christian3040.10.13040.10.10
Maronite Catholic2710.10.62620.10.6+9
Churches of Christ2560.10.14000.20.1-144
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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
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Christian total176,87571.960.9170,76273.364.0+6,113
Non Christian total19,5467.913.215,0226.410.9+4,524
Non-classifiable religious belief1,2530.50.61,0700.50.6+183
No religion32,23413.117.626,50611.414.1+5,728
Not stated16,0426.57.619,7028.510.4-3,660

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% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 2.6% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Macarthur Region: 31.4% Anglican, Macarthur Region: 24.7% Islam, Macarthur Region: 3.7% Uniting Church, Macarthur Region: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Macarthur Region: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Macarthur Region: 2.0% Hinduism, Macarthur Region: 1.9% Buddhism, Macarthur Region: 1.7% Baptist, Macarthur Region: 1.6% Pentecostal, Macarthur Region: 1.4%
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, Macarthur Region: +4,108 Anglican, Macarthur Region: -126 Islam, Macarthur Region: +2,143 Uniting Church, Macarthur Region: -334 Presbyterian and Reformed, Macarthur Region: -310 Christian,nfd, Macarthur Region: +1,741 Hinduism, Macarthur Region: +1,288 Buddhism, Macarthur Region: +650 Baptist, Macarthur Region: -70 Pentecostal, Macarthur Region: +684
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 the Macarthur Region 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, 79.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 13.1% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in the Macarthur Region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 31.4% of the population or 77,306 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 (24.7% compared to 16.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (31.4% compared to 27.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.7% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.0% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+4,108 persons)
  • Islam (+2,143 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,741 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,288 persons)
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