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In the WSROC Region, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+83,807) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

The WSROC Region'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.

The WSROC Region'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
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic484,48928.627.5472,25530.028.3+12,234
Anglican213,07712.616.1226,17414.417.9-13,097
Islam154,0149.14.7117,2867.53.9+36,728
Buddhism102,0916.04.190,6215.83.7+11,470
Hinduism64,9783.82.639,1862.51.7+25,792
Greek Orthodox47,1822.82.747,1763.02.9+6
Uniting Church39,1092.32.842,7062.73.4-3,597
Presbyterian and Reformed35,1432.12.435,3732.22.6-230
Christian,nfd30,3651.81.721,0181.31.3+9,347
Baptist26,3151.61.524,8321.61.5+1,483
Pentecostal21,8931.31.120,2191.31.1+1,674
Maronite Catholic20,6641.20.620,0291.30.6+635
Other Eastern Orthodox15,1290.90.614,7420.90.6+387
Sikhism13,2570.80.46,3470.40.2+6,910
Serbian Orthodox9,3580.60.39,0430.60.3+316
Coptic Orthodox8,0960.50.36,8090.40.3+1,287
Assyrian Apostolic7,9920.50.26,3580.40.2+1,634
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6,7920.40.36,6440.40.3+148
Other Non-Christian Religions6,4400.40.24,0920.30.2+2,348
Macedonian Orthodox6,4120.40.45,6840.40.3+728
Other Protestant6,2330.40.35,7060.40.3+526
Jehova's Witnesses6,0120.40.35,6100.40.3+402
Seventh Day Adventist5,2170.30.34,5730.30.3+644
Other Eastern Catholic5,1280.30.14,5410.30.1+586
Lutheran5,0270.30.45,8600.40.5-833
Russian Orthodox3,3920.20.23,3520.20.2+40
Salvation Army3,2280.20.23,3930.20.2-165
Churches of Christ2,4430.10.12,7660.20.1-323
Other Christian2,2780.10.11,8970.10.1+381
Other Oriental Orthodox1,8380.10.11,2200.10.0+617
Brethren1,7220.10.11,8620.10.1-140
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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
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Christian total1,016,50060.060.91,001,76863.764.0+14,732
Non Christian total346,11520.413.2262,30816.710.9+83,807
Non-classifiable religious belief8,4600.50.66,9090.40.6+1,551
No religion203,46612.017.6162,14310.314.1+41,323
Not stated118,2957.07.6139,4268.910.4-21,130

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% Islam, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, WSROC Region: 28.6% Anglican, WSROC Region: 12.6% Islam, WSROC Region: 9.1% Buddhism, WSROC Region: 6.0% Hinduism, WSROC Region: 3.8% Greek Orthodox, WSROC Region: 2.8% Uniting Church, WSROC Region: 2.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, WSROC Region: 2.1% Christian,nfd, WSROC Region: 1.8% Baptist, WSROC Region: 1.6%
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, WSROC Region: +12,234 Anglican, WSROC Region: -13,097 Islam, WSROC Region: +36,728 Buddhism, WSROC Region: +11,470 Hinduism, WSROC Region: +25,792 Greek Orthodox, WSROC Region: +6 Uniting Church, WSROC Region: -3,597 Presbyterian and Reformed, WSROC Region: -230 Christian,nfd, WSROC Region: +9,347 Baptist, WSROC Region: +1,483
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 the WSROC Region 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, 80.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 12.0% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in the WSROC Region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 28.6% of the population or 484,489 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the WSROC Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (9.1% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (6.0% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (3.8% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (12.6% compared to 16.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+36,728 persons)
  • Hinduism (+25,792 persons)
  • Anglican (-13,097 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+12,234 persons)
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