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In Wollondilly Shire, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+2,427) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Wollondilly Shire'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.

Wollondilly Shire'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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Anglican14,06232.516.113,03632.317.9+1,026
Western (Roman) Catholic13,32830.827.512,10230.028.3+1,226
Uniting Church1,6273.82.81,6784.23.4-51
Presbyterian and Reformed1,0572.42.41,1242.82.6-67
Christian,nfd7151.71.74901.21.3+225
Baptist5251.21.56031.51.5-78
Lutheran3270.80.43600.90.5-33
Greek Orthodox3110.72.72820.72.9+29
Pentecostal2750.61.11750.41.1+100
Buddhism2040.54.11310.33.7+73
Jehova's Witnesses1570.40.31310.30.3+26
Islam1470.34.71310.33.9+16
Brethren1300.30.11200.30.1+10
Serbian Orthodox1040.20.31030.30.3+1
Salvation Army950.20.21080.30.2-13
Other Eastern Orthodox750.20.6600.10.6+15
Other Protestant620.10.3570.10.3+5
Christadelphian560.10.0650.20.0-9
Russian Orthodox520.10.2400.10.2+12
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)510.10.3450.10.3+6
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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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total33,18676.760.930,75976.264.0+2,427
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5321.213.24401.110.9+92
Non-classifiable religious belief
2100.50.61870.50.6+23
map this data in atlas.idNo religion6,64515.417.65,51613.714.1+1,129
Not stated
2,6886.27.63,4428.510.4-754

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 Anglican, Greater Sydney: 16.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Sydney: 27.5% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Lutheran, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Anglican, Wollondilly Shire: 32.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Wollondilly Shire: 30.8% Uniting Church, Wollondilly Shire: 3.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Wollondilly Shire: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Wollondilly Shire: 1.7% Baptist, Wollondilly Shire: 1.2% Lutheran, Wollondilly Shire: 0.8% Greek Orthodox, Wollondilly Shire: 0.7% Pentecostal, Wollondilly Shire: 0.6% Buddhism, Wollondilly Shire: 0.5%
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 Anglican, Wollondilly Shire: +1,026 Western (Roman) Catholic, Wollondilly Shire: +1,226 Uniting Church, Wollondilly Shire: -51 Presbyterian and Reformed, Wollondilly Shire: -67 Christian,nfd, Wollondilly Shire: +225 Baptist, Wollondilly Shire: -78 Lutheran, Wollondilly Shire: -33 Greek Orthodox, Wollondilly Shire: +29 Pentecostal, Wollondilly Shire: +100 Buddhism, Wollondilly Shire: +73
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 Wollondilly Shire 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, 77.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.4% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Wollondilly Shire was Anglican, with 32.5% of the population or 14,062 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Wollondilly Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (32.5% compared to 16.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (30.8% compared to 27.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.3% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.5% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,226 persons)
  • Anglican (+1,026 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+225 persons)
  • Pentecostal (+100 persons)
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