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In Inner West Council area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+14,923) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Inner West Council area - (Enumerated)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%SSROC region %Number%SSROC region %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic43,43825.825.844,17827.826.6-740
Anglican16,6159.912.318,16211.413.9-1,547
Buddhism7,1274.24.46,5924.13.9+535
Greek Orthodox6,9894.25.57,5014.75.7-512
Hinduism3,8372.31.72,2011.41.1+1,636
Islam3,1791.95.93,0161.94.9+163
Uniting Church2,9951.82.13,3692.12.6-374
Presbyterian and Reformed2,8531.72.02,9841.92.2-131
Christian,nfd1,8911.11.31,3810.91.0+510
Baptist1,1870.71.21,2240.81.2-37
Judaism8090.51.96540.41.8+155
Maronite Catholic8090.50.78350.50.8-26
Pentecostal7950.50.88460.50.7-51
Lutheran6560.40.46870.40.4-31
Other Eastern Orthodox5240.30.75600.40.8-36
Serbian Orthodox4300.30.24860.30.2-56
Other Protestant4240.30.33830.20.3+41
Macedonian Orthodox4010.20.84050.30.7-4
Jehova's Witnesses3620.20.23250.20.2+37
Other Non-Christian Religions3350.20.13280.20.1+7
Seventh Day Adventist2700.20.11720.10.1+98
Coptic Orthodox2560.20.42350.10.4+21
Russian Orthodox2180.10.22500.20.2-32
Paganism1970.10.02330.10.1-36
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1900.10.11780.10.2+12
Salvation Army1780.10.21970.10.2-19
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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
Inner West Council area - Total persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%SSROC region %Number%SSROC region %2006 to 2011
Christian total81,94248.755.784,84053.358.9-2,898
Non Christian total16,1469.614.313,6588.612.2+2,488
Non-classifiable religious belief2,0951.20.71,9111.20.6+184
No religion53,28731.720.138,36424.115.5+14,923
Not stated14,7058.79.220,27012.712.8-5,565

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, SSROC region: 25.8% Anglican, SSROC region: 12.3% Buddhism, SSROC region: 4.4% Greek Orthodox, SSROC region: 5.5% Hinduism, SSROC region: 1.7% Islam, SSROC region: 5.9% Uniting Church, SSROC region: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, SSROC region: 2.0% Christian,nfd, SSROC region: 1.3% Baptist, SSROC region: 1.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Inner West Council area: 25.8% Anglican, Inner West Council area: 9.9% Buddhism, Inner West Council area: 4.2% Greek Orthodox, Inner West Council area: 4.2% Hinduism, Inner West Council area: 2.3% Islam, Inner West Council area: 1.9% Uniting Church, Inner West Council area: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Inner West Council area: 1.7% Christian,nfd, Inner West Council area: 1.1% Baptist, Inner West Council area: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated 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, Inner West Council area: -740 Anglican, Inner West Council area: -1,547 Buddhism, Inner West Council area: +535 Greek Orthodox, Inner West Council area: -512 Hinduism, Inner West Council area: +1,636 Islam, Inner West Council area: +163 Uniting Church, Inner West Council area: -374 Presbyterian and Reformed, Inner West Council area: -131 Christian,nfd, Inner West Council area: +510 Baptist, Inner West Council area: -37
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 58.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 31.7% said they had no religion, compared with 70.1% and 20.1% respectively for SSROC region.

The largest single religion in Inner West Council area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.8% of the population or 43,438 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 (1.9% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (9.9% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Judaism (0.5% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (4.2% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Inner West Council area between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Hinduism (+1,636 persons)
  • Anglican (-1,547 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-740 persons)
  • Buddhism (+535 persons)