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In Wyong Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+6,353) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Wyong 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.

Wyong 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
Wyong Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Anglican45,58330.416.144,72332.017.9+860
Western (Roman) Catholic41,10927.527.538,21627.328.3+2,893
Uniting Church5,8823.92.86,1524.43.4-270
Presbyterian and Reformed4,7443.22.44,9983.62.6-254
Christian,nfd2,9792.01.71,8831.31.3+1,096
Baptist2,6551.81.52,6071.91.5+48
Pentecostal1,3370.91.11,3731.01.1-36
Buddhism1,0240.74.16110.43.7+413
Jehova's Witnesses7770.50.36760.50.3+101
Greek Orthodox6570.42.76060.42.9+51
Seventh Day Adventist6180.40.35320.40.3+86
Other Protestant5540.40.34430.30.3+111
Salvation Army5210.30.25110.40.2+10
Lutheran4640.30.44400.30.5+24
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)4620.30.33910.30.3+71
Islam4280.34.73750.33.9+53
Hinduism3060.22.62190.21.7+87
Paganism1510.10.11010.10.1+50
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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
Wyong Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total109,03272.860.9104,24174.664.0+4,791
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,3581.613.21,7031.210.9+655
Non-classifiable religious belief
9900.70.66540.50.6+336
map this data in atlas.idNo religion26,62817.817.620,27514.514.1+6,353
Not stated
10,7377.27.612,9289.210.4-2,191

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% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Jehova's Witnesses, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Greek Orthodox, Greater Sydney: 2.7% Anglican, Wyong Shire: 30.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Wyong Shire: 27.5% Uniting Church, Wyong Shire: 3.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Wyong Shire: 3.2% Christian,nfd, Wyong Shire: 2.0% Baptist, Wyong Shire: 1.8% Pentecostal, Wyong Shire: 0.9% Buddhism, Wyong Shire: 0.7% Jehova's Witnesses, Wyong Shire: 0.5% Greek Orthodox, Wyong Shire: 0.4%
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, Wyong Shire: +860 Western (Roman) Catholic, Wyong Shire: +2,893 Uniting Church, Wyong Shire: -270 Presbyterian and Reformed, Wyong Shire: -254 Christian,nfd, Wyong Shire: +1,096 Baptist, Wyong Shire: +48 Pentecostal, Wyong Shire: -36 Buddhism, Wyong Shire: +413 Jehova's Witnesses, Wyong Shire: +101 Greek Orthodox, Wyong Shire: +51
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 Wyong Shire in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 74.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 17.8% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in Wyong Shire was Anglican, with 30.4% of the population or 45,583 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (30.4% compared to 16.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.3% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.7% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.2% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+2,893 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,096 persons)
  • Anglican (+860 persons)
  • Buddhism (+413 persons)
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