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In Wollondilly Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,821) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic14,62830.124.213,32830.827.5+1,300
Anglican13,34227.512.014,06232.516.1-720
Uniting Church1,4543.02.01,6273.82.8-173
Christian,nfd1,0242.12.27151.71.7+309
Presbyterian and Reformed9802.02.01,0572.42.4-77
Baptist5151.11.25251.21.5-10
Greek Orthodox3590.72.43110.72.7+48
Pentecostal3160.71.12750.61.1+41
Buddhism2440.53.92040.54.1+40
Lutheran2240.50.23270.80.4-103
Islam2150.45.31470.34.7+68
Brethren1740.40.11300.30.1+44
Jehova's Witnesses1500.30.21570.40.3-7
Other Protestant1400.30.5620.10.3+78
Serbian Orthodox1040.20.31040.20.30
Seventh Day Adventist840.20.2430.10.3+41
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)820.20.3510.10.3+31
Salvation Army790.20.1950.20.2-16
Christadelphian580.10.0560.10.0+2
Hinduism530.13.5300.12.6+23
Russian Orthodox490.10.2520.10.2-3
Maronite Catholic370.10.7350.10.6+2
Other Eastern Orthodox330.10.2750.20.6-42
Macedonian Orthodox310.10.3160.00.4+15
Paganism290.10.0290.10.10
Judaism270.10.7320.10.9-5
Coptic Orthodox220.00.340.00.3+18
Spiritualism210.00.0210.00.00
Other Christian190.00.1250.10.1-6
Churches of Christ180.00.1350.10.1-17
Sikhism140.00.6110.00.4+3
Other Non-Christian Religions110.00.3150.00.2-4
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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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total33,93169.951.733,18676.760.9+745
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6401.314.45321.213.2+108
Non-classifiable religious belief
1690.30.52100.50.6-41
map this data in atlas.idNo religion10,46621.624.96,64515.417.6+3,821
Not stated
3,3006.88.52,6886.27.6+612

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, Greater Sydney: 24.2% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 12.0% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Lutheran, Greater Sydney: 0.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Wollondilly Shire: 30.1% Anglican, Wollondilly Shire: 27.5% Uniting Church, Wollondilly Shire: 3.0% Christian,nfd, Wollondilly Shire: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Wollondilly Shire: 2.0% Baptist, Wollondilly Shire: 1.1% Greek Orthodox, Wollondilly Shire: 0.7% Pentecostal, Wollondilly Shire: 0.7% Buddhism, Wollondilly Shire: 0.5% Lutheran, Wollondilly Shire: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence 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, Wollondilly Shire: +1,300 Anglican, Wollondilly Shire: -720 Uniting Church, Wollondilly Shire: -173 Christian,nfd, Wollondilly Shire: +309 Presbyterian and Reformed, Wollondilly Shire: -77 Baptist, Wollondilly Shire: -10 Greek Orthodox, Wollondilly Shire: +48 Pentecostal, Wollondilly Shire: +41 Buddhism, Wollondilly Shire: +40 Lutheran, Wollondilly Shire: -103
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 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, 71.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 21.6% said they had no religion, compared with 66.2% and 24.9% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Wollondilly Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 30.1% of the population or 14,628 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 (27.5% compared to 12.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (30.1% compared to 24.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.4% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.1% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Wollondilly Shire between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,300 persons)
  • Anglican (-720 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+309 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-173 persons)
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