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Inner West Council area

Religion

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In Inner West Council area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+20,595) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Inner West Council area'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.

Inner West Council area'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
Inner West Council area - Total persons (Enumerated)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%SSROC region %Number%SSROC region %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic39,44521.922.543,43825.825.8-3,993
Anglican12,8207.18.916,6159.912.3-3,795
Buddhism6,5113.64.27,1274.24.4-616
Greek Orthodox6,4613.64.86,9894.25.5-528
Hinduism4,3712.42.23,8372.31.7+534
Islam2,5221.46.23,1791.95.9-657
Christian,nfd2,3511.31.81,8911.11.3+460
Presbyterian and Reformed2,3121.31.62,8531.72.0-541
Uniting Church2,2001.21.52,9951.82.1-795
Baptist9760.50.91,1870.71.2-211
Maronite Catholic8400.50.88090.50.7+31
Pentecostal7710.40.77950.50.8-24
Judaism7500.41.68090.51.9-59
Other Protestant4840.30.44240.30.3+60
Serbian Orthodox3900.20.24300.30.2-40
Lutheran3560.20.26560.40.4-300
Macedonian Orthodox3440.20.74010.20.8-57
Jehova's Witnesses3000.20.23620.20.2-62
Other Non-Christian Religions2890.20.13350.20.1-46
Russian Orthodox2410.10.22180.10.2+23
Other Eastern Orthodox2020.10.35240.30.7-322
Coptic Orthodox2000.10.42560.20.4-56
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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
Inner West Council area - Total persons (Enumerated)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%SSROC region %Number%SSROC region %2011 to 2016
Christian total71,52739.846.681,94248.755.7-10,415
Non Christian total15,0678.414.616,1469.614.3-1,079
Non-classifiable religious belief1,5730.90.52,0951.20.7-522
No religion73,88241.128.153,28731.720.1+20,595
Not stated17,7009.810.114,7058.79.2+2,995

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, SSROC region: 22.5% Anglican, SSROC region: 8.9% Buddhism, SSROC region: 4.2% Greek Orthodox, SSROC region: 4.8% Hinduism, SSROC region: 2.2% Islam, SSROC region: 6.2% Christian,nfd, SSROC region: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, SSROC region: 1.6% Uniting Church, SSROC region: 1.5% Baptist, SSROC region: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Inner West Council area: 21.9% Anglican, Inner West Council area: 7.1% Buddhism, Inner West Council area: 3.6% Greek Orthodox, Inner West Council area: 3.6% Hinduism, Inner West Council area: 2.4% Islam, Inner West Council area: 1.4% Christian,nfd, Inner West Council area: 1.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Inner West Council area: 1.3% Uniting Church, Inner West Council area: 1.2% Baptist, Inner West Council area: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated 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, Inner West Council area: -3,993 Anglican, Inner West Council area: -3,795 Buddhism, Inner West Council area: -616 Greek Orthodox, Inner West Council area: -528 Hinduism, Inner West Council area: +534 Islam, Inner West Council area: -657 Christian,nfd, Inner West Council area: +460 Presbyterian and Reformed, Inner West Council area: -541 Uniting Church, Inner West Council area: -795 Baptist, Inner West Council area: -211
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Inner West Council area in 2016 compared to SSROC region shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 48.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 41.1% said they had no religion, compared with 61.2% and 28.1% respectively for SSROC region.

The largest single religion in Inner West Council area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.9% of the population or 39,445 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Inner West Council area and SSROC region were:

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.4% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (7.1% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.6% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Judaism (0.4% compared to 1.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Inner West Council area between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-3,993 persons)
  • Anglican (-3,795 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-795 persons)
  • Islam (-657 persons)
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