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Ancestry - Afghan
Religion

In New South Wales in 2011, the religion of the majority of people with Afghan ancestry was Islam.

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 the proportion of people with no religious affiliation within each ancestral group.

Religion should be analysed in conjunction with other ethnicity statistics such as Country of Birth data and Language Spoken data to tell a fuller story of each ancestral group.

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'What is your religion?'
  • 'What is the person's ancestry?'(multi-response)

  • Total NSW population
  • Population with Afghan ancestry
Religion - Ranked by size
Ancestry - Afghan20112006Change
ReligionNumberAfghan %% of total NSW populationNumberAfghan %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Islam9,34494.43.28,00294.92.6+1,342
Western (Roman) Catholic420.427.0280.327.7+14
Anglican330.319.9390.521.8-6
Non-classifiable religious belief200.20.7110.10.6+9

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion - Summary
Ancestry - Afghan20112006Change
Religion totalsNumberAfghan %% of total NSW populationNumberAfghan %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Christian total1181.264.5941.167.7+24
Non Christian total9,38394.89.18,02295.17.4+1,361
Non-classifiable religious belief200.20.7110.10.6+9
No religion2142.217.91662.014.3+48
Not stated1661.77.71411.710.1+25

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 Islam, Total New South Wales population: 3.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Total New South Wales population: 27.0% Anglican, Total New South Wales population: 19.9% Non-classifiable religious belief, Total New South Wales population: 0.7% Islam, Ancestry  - Afghan: 94.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Ancestry  - Afghan: 0.4% Anglican, Ancestry  - Afghan: 0.3% Non-classifiable religious belief, Ancestry  - Afghan: 0.2%
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 Islam, Ancestry - Afghan: +1,342 Western (Roman) Catholic, Ancestry - Afghan: +14 Anglican, Ancestry - Afghan: -6 Non-classifiable religious belief, Ancestry - Afghan: +9
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliations of New South Wales Afghan ancestry population compared to the total population shows that in 2011 there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

In NSW, the major differences between the religions of Afghan ancestry popluation compared to the total population were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (94.4% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (0.4% compared to 27.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (0.3% compared to 19.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the religious affiliations of Afghan ancestry population between 2006 and 2011 was for those who nominated:

  • Islam (+1,342 persons)