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In Warringah Council area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+8,309) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Warringah 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.

Warringah 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
Warringah Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic39,46528.027.537,26927.828.3+2,196
Anglican31,88322.716.132,85424.517.9-971
Uniting Church5,5143.92.86,2474.73.4-733
Presbyterian and Reformed4,0602.92.44,2213.22.6-161
Christian,nfd2,6091.91.71,9971.51.3+612
Buddhism2,4011.74.11,8931.43.7+508
Pentecostal1,7381.21.11,9511.51.1-213
Baptist1,4571.01.51,4821.11.5-25
Greek Orthodox1,3010.92.71,2791.02.9+22
Lutheran8940.60.49480.70.5-54
Islam8800.64.76800.53.9+200
Armenian Apostolic8750.60.11,0590.80.1-184
Hinduism8590.62.65000.41.7+359
Serbian Orthodox7340.50.37200.50.3+14
Judaism5270.40.94250.30.9+102
Jehova's Witnesses3840.30.34140.30.3-30
Other Protestant3400.20.33700.30.3-30
Other Eastern Orthodox3300.20.63140.20.6+16
Sikhism3240.20.41390.10.2+185
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2890.20.33270.20.3-38
Salvation Army2130.20.22730.20.2-60
Baha'i1590.10.11670.10.1-8
Russian Orthodox1490.10.21610.10.2-12
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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
Warringah Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total92,84666.060.992,55969.264.0+287
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5,5543.913.24,1803.110.9+1,374
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,1640.80.68540.60.6+310
map this data in atlas.idNo religion31,78422.617.623,47517.514.1+8,309
Not stated
9,3936.77.612,7699.510.4-3,376

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% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Lutheran, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Warringah Council area: 28.0% Anglican, Warringah Council area: 22.7% Uniting Church, Warringah Council area: 3.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Warringah Council area: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Warringah Council area: 1.9% Buddhism, Warringah Council area: 1.7% Pentecostal, Warringah Council area: 1.2% Baptist, Warringah Council area: 1.0% Greek Orthodox, Warringah Council area: 0.9% Lutheran, Warringah Council area: 0.6%
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, Warringah Council area: +2,196 Anglican, Warringah Council area: -971 Uniting Church, Warringah Council area: -733 Presbyterian and Reformed, Warringah Council area: -161 Christian,nfd, Warringah Council area: +612 Buddhism, Warringah Council area: +508 Pentecostal, Warringah Council area: -213 Baptist, Warringah Council area: -25 Greek Orthodox, Warringah Council area: +22 Lutheran, Warringah Council area: -54
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 Warringah Council area 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, 69.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.6% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Warringah Council area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 28.0% of the population or 39,465 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Warringah Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (22.7% compared to 16.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.6% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (1.7% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.6% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+2,196 persons)
  • Anglican (-971 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-733 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+612 persons)
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