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Language - African Languages
Religion

In New South Wales in 2011, Western (Roman) Catholic was the religion for the largest proportion of people who spoke African Languages.

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 amongst different language communities.

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

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'What is your religion?'
  • 'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

  • Total NSW population
  • Population who speak African Languages
Religion - Ranked by size
Language - African Languages20112006Change
ReligionNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW populationNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic4,15727.227.02,55528.727.7+1,602
Islam2,33515.33.21,37515.42.6+960
Pentecostal1,87812.31.098711.11.1+891
Anglican1,67711.019.91,18613.321.8+491
Christian, nfd1,0787.11.83844.31.3+694
Uniting Church5203.43.92903.34.6+230
Baptist4943.21.42542.91.5+240
Presbyterian and Reformed4923.23.13263.73.3+166
Seventh Day Adventist3772.50.31531.70.3+224
Other Oriental Orthodox2821.80.01501.70.0+132
Other Protestant2301.50.31321.50.3+98
Salvation Army1691.10.3540.60.3+115
Jehovah's Witnesses1691.10.31321.50.3+37
Greek Orthodox1601.01.9911.02.0+69
Other Eastern Orthodox1080.70.4670.80.5+41
Hinduism1040.71.7240.31.1+80
Lutheran930.60.5861.00.5+7
Non-classifiable religious belief660.40.7560.60.6+10
Other Christian630.40.1150.20.1+48
Coptic Orthodox490.30.2610.70.2-12
Churches of Christ400.30.1100.10.1+30
Buddhism240.22.9160.22.6+8
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)210.10.2300.30.2-9
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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.

Religion - Summary
Language - African Languages20112006Change
Religion totalsNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW populationNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Christian total12,08079.264.56,99178.567.7+5,089
Non Christian total2,47616.29.11,43116.17.4+1,045
Non-classifiable religious belief660.40.7560.60.6+10
No religion2881.917.91261.414.3+162
Not stated3502.37.73013.410.1+49
Total persons15,260100.0100.08,905100.0100.0+6,355

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, Total New South Wales population: 27.0% Islam, Total New South Wales population: 3.2% Pentecostal, Total New South Wales population: 1.0% Anglican, Total New South Wales population: 19.9% Christian, nfd, Total New South Wales population: 1.8% Uniting Church, Total New South Wales population: 3.9% Baptist, Total New South Wales population: 1.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Total New South Wales population: 3.1% Seventh Day Adventist, Total New South Wales population: 0.3% Other Oriental Orthodox, Total New South Wales population: 0.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Language - African Languages: 27.2% Islam, Language - African Languages: 15.3% Pentecostal, Language - African Languages: 12.3% Anglican, Language - African Languages: 11.0% Christian, nfd, Language - African Languages: 7.1% Uniting Church, Language - African Languages: 3.4% Baptist, Language - African Languages: 3.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Language - African Languages: 3.2% Seventh Day Adventist, Language - African Languages: 2.5% Other Oriental Orthodox, Language - African Languages: 1.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Language - African Languages: +1,602 Islam, Language - African Languages: +960 Pentecostal, Language - African Languages: +891 Anglican, Language - African Languages: +491 Christian, nfd, Language - African Languages: +694 Uniting Church, Language - African Languages: +230 Baptist, Language - African Languages: +240 Presbyterian and Reformed, Language - African Languages: +166 Seventh Day Adventist, Language - African Languages: +224 Other Oriental Orthodox, Language - African Languages: +132
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 African Languages speaking 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 African Languages speaking population compared to the total population were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (15.3% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Pentecostal (12.3% compared to 1.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Christian, nfd (7.1% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (11.0% compared to 19.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliations of African Languages speaking population between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,602 persons)
  • Islam (+960 persons)
  • Pentecostal (+891 persons)
  • Christian, nfd (+694 persons)