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Religion

In the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+133,117) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic826,97528.027.5749,63828.228.3+77,336
Anglican474,20116.116.1473,89017.917.9+310
Islam132,9794.54.787,1373.33.9+45,842
Uniting Church91,1063.12.897,0143.73.4-5,909
Christian,nfd75,1212.51.746,8871.81.3+28,233
Buddhism70,3052.44.150,4781.93.7+19,827
Presbyterian and Reformed67,2132.32.466,2802.52.6+933
Hinduism63,4082.12.632,2731.21.7+31,135
Baptist49,4511.71.542,1571.61.5+7,294
Greek Orthodox48,2141.62.744,2691.72.9+3,945
Pentecostal45,3891.51.138,5511.51.1+6,837
Lutheran21,3970.70.422,6330.90.5-1,237
Sikhism20,6390.70.47,6240.30.2+13,015
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)16,3080.60.313,9370.50.3+2,371
Other Eastern Orthodox16,2280.50.614,5120.50.6+1,716
Jehova's Witnesses14,3620.50.314,0170.50.3+345
Macedonian Orthodox14,1860.50.412,7290.50.3+1,457
Serbian Orthodox11,7750.40.310,4110.40.3+1,364
Other Protestant11,2830.40.39,9060.40.3+1,377
Seventh Day Adventist10,7720.40.39,1240.30.3+1,647
Coptic Orthodox8,6170.30.36,6290.20.3+1,988
Salvation Army7,6010.30.28,3890.30.2-788
Churches of Christ6,9960.20.17,1920.30.1-197
Other Non-Christian Religions5,6280.20.23,3180.10.2+2,310
Other Christian4,9020.20.13,6400.10.1+1,262
Other Eastern Catholic3,6770.10.13,3990.10.1+278
Russian Orthodox3,1310.10.22,6370.10.2+494
Maronite Catholic3,0790.10.62,6230.10.6+456
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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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Christian total1,841,85862.460.91,708,74064.464.0+133,117
Non Christian total303,95010.313.2189,8857.210.9+114,065
Non-classifiable religious belief20,6790.70.615,3340.60.6+5,345
No religion555,45718.817.6458,03817.314.1+97,419
Not stated230,5647.87.6282,62410.610.4-52,060

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% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 2.6% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 28.0% Anglican, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 16.1% Islam, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 4.5% Uniting Church, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.1% Christian,nfd, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.5% Buddhism, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.3% Hinduism, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.1% Baptist, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.7% Greek Orthodox, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.6%
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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +77,336 Anglican, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +310 Islam, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +45,842 Uniting Church, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -5,909 Christian,nfd, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +28,233 Buddhism, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +19,827 Presbyterian and Reformed, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +933 Hinduism, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +31,135 Baptist, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +7,294 Greek Orthodox, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +3,945
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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 72.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 18.8% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 28.0% of the population or 826,975 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney were:

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.4% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.6% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+77,336 persons)
  • Islam (+45,842 persons)
  • Hinduism (+31,135 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+28,233 persons)
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