Sydney: Australia's most religious city

Thursday, October 08, 2015

There has much discussion of the decline of religion in Australia as measured by the last two Census’ (2006 and 2011) with the total stating “no religion” increasing from 18.7 to 22.3 over this five year period. Additionally the decline in the total identifying with a Christian denomination decreased from 64% to 61%.

However nationally the percentage identifying as Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Seventh-Day Adventist, and “other protestant” saw no decline and those in the Christian (not further defined) category saw an increase. Sydney is Australia’s most religious capital city with the lowest proportion of residents stating “no religion” (17.6%), while Hobart (29.4%) and Canberra (28.9%) have the highest proportion of populations not identifying with any religion.

The two dominant Christian identities nationally are Catholic (25.3%) and Anglican (17.1%). However Hobart is the one capital where Anglican (26.2%) outranks Catholic (20.3%) while Melbourne has the biggest differential between the two with Catholic (27.2%) more than twice the adherents as Anglican (10.8%). However it is Sydney that is the most Catholic of the capitals with 28.3%, and well ahead of Anglican at 16.1%. The areas of Sydney that have the highest identification with Christianity are in the South West with Menai, Mulgoa, Narellan, Warragamba and Horsley Park all areas rating above 80% Christianity. Sydney is also the only capital where a religion other than Christianity ranks in the top 3 (Islam, at 4.7%) with Auburn (42%) and Lakemba (49%) having the highest proportion of residents identifying with Islam.

Australia’s largest city, Sydney, is a religiously diverse one, and there is a strong link between location and religion as seen by these maps:

  • Catholic
  • Anglican
  • Judaism
  • Islam

For an in-depth visual look of Sydney by religious identification simply click on the interactive map above, and select the religions you would like to analyse by selecting the Visible layers box and options. You can also zoom in to look at specific areas of Sydney, or hover over a suburb to read the data.

About McCrindle Research Services

Utilising the right tools and methods and analysing the data is just half of the research process. Because the goal is implementation, the findings need the skills of visualisation and communication. As researchers we understand the methods, but we’re also designers and communicators so we know how to present the findings in ways that will best engage.

Geomapping is a new tool we have and we will be releasing more information and blog pieces on this exciting new output.

Let us know via social media if you have any topics you would like to be geomapped!

Connect with us on:

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


The ABC of XYZ cancelling plans forecasting new office grandparents proactive plans cloudy days SMSF litter princess charlotte dream in depth interviews Deaths social life couple tv logan shbc social lives holidays pyrmont innovative year 12 wealth and income Australian Census wealth distribution affordability royal family children fears nfp easy rider tuesday infographic Charlotte Wagga Wagga housing trends non profit urban living index dessert engagement NSW hobart house price rise World Water Day media commentary graphs mccrindle tea visual land of the middle class 2016 toys environment small business digital forecast stats Generation X darwin not-for-profit online Tuesday Trend System's Architect publication celebration technology demographic trends not for profit Kiwi baby boom Australian communities gold coast home owner faux-cilise FPA local communities slideshare brand experience social analysis ease of travel australians staying home more Scouts affordable increasing densification consumerism Geoff Brailey media leader English young australians Australian Dream commute rich emerging generations professional trends analyst rain social trends TAS consumer curiosity Wodonga megatrends finance collaborative monarchy population growth housing market in the media child care customer Generation Y WA New Zeland vegemite australian communities forum politics sunburnt country experience snapshot high density holiday collaboration data clothing national wealth JOMO economy sentiments generation eliane miles staff cars repayments work equip jobs local australian communities trends report generation Z rental stress house price mccrindle in the media Australians REIV National Conference South Australia rule keeper Love generational trends February 16 Australia Day 2017 wellbeing generations shifts trend tuesday father's day case study 2017 earnings future of education aussie culture student social research food residents workforce house prices household business index researcher interactive eliane hopes relational easter forum internship Engineering Manager pharmacies men Gen X Australian Trends TDE charity Australia Day Christmas lunch global financial crisis coffee divorce rate sunny days neutral bay shopping families personalities income NT Real Estate Institute of Victoria culture January 26th marketing twentyseventeen Aussies sector wide study 1968 results program post rationalism debt education sector Financial Planning Association of Australia daily telegraph workshop millennials typical australian cultural diversity panel Christmas season potts point education life townhouses Res Vis Australian Bureau of Statistics city going out investment the australian dream global generations internet crows nest buildings weekly earnings christianity Melbourne medicine national private wealth average aussie Valentine’s Day future resilience 24,000,000 ashley mckenzie parenting census religion rise of local tableau sydneycity demographic transformations professional speaker Financial Planning Week baby names long weekend learning paying to work Births national crime rates professional development goals sports suburb school students Northern beaches Event social impact office opening keynote speaker low density global trends of 2017 storytelling employment domestic list sector wide demographic priorities marriages households geomapping workplace culture public speaking know the times communications socialising authenticity intern survey design aged care puzzle royal menai relevant research pack Population Clock baby ACF 2016 research visualisation motivate 24 million Australian schools tertiary education public holiday click insight Tasmania greatness mining boom schools career prince george state product brands Australian Communities Trends bureau work-life ideas debate speakers careers news baby name predictions Queensland: QLD entrepreneurial weather presentations DIY pharmacy capital cities thought leadership faux-cilising responsive focus group future of work schools students focus groups group session The Daily Edition learner mythbusting sun perth office space youth etiquette seasons acf15 language Queensland housing marrickville sydneysiders wage social commentator data analyst teleworking cash educhat Northern Territory ipswich "know the times" university deloitte omnibus friends transport goal community financial independence Real Estate Financial Planning Association research entertainment marriage research services Duchess of Cambridge qualitative research tips rent Northern Beaches 40 million christmas education future dare to dream sydney event social researcher jobs of the future brand education future report selfie mythbusters population map facts wedding women friendship media release young people meetings poker master communicate Canberra australia energy education research capital city trend society Assistant Store Manager mccrindle research norwest high density apartments huffington post new york times mobile future proofing Australian Home social media conferences mccrindle students 2013 Netflix world supply and demand investor overcast teacher follow office research data retirement educated trends Merry Christmas Australian Families royal influence builders hello fresh 2015 2020 organisations McCrindle Speakers trends of 2016 leadership CBD youth unemployment summer home year 7 lalor park conference winter blues conference presentation wealth and income distribution identity staying in Channel 7 market research annual income aged care Mark McCrindle housing affordability training millenials 2012 skills social change stay home Christchurch rising house prices waverton video events google for education volunteers social shifts mother's day economic family business school urban taskforce group ACT owning a home high density living presentation media activity dreaming names entrepreneurs of today earning property market water Western Australia apartment australian social research lifestyle divorce real moreton bay Australian demographics gen z population milestone Kirsten Brewer optus my business awards teachers entrepreneur participants engage personal growth woolworths google ultimo future proof tattoos winter vegetarian kate middleton optimistic fresh royal baby sydney speaker statistics renting earn states work mates Do It Yourself investing urban living Adelaide meals optus criminal innovation cost of living salary infographic wall crime hornsby cancel plans survey resource future-proof emerging technologies socialites organisational culture leadership workshop SA baby name mortgage wealth social enquiry balance cartodb cost cancelling event IT Specialists university degree Research Executive the changing face of REIV Conference Education Future Forum suburbs Hornsby Shire Council learn EFF social outsourcing housing growth recap cooking home ownership Crime Rates Sydney keynote speaker victoria insights NEETs wolloomooloo society trends 1980 internships Territory ageing population community engagement church hills shire house online shopping financial study mover and shaker teaching spend Sydney Royals area workplace healthy future newspaper wages growing population teach PSI Christmas presents Tuesday Trends FOMO baby boomers sector Bathburst daily commute brisbane 2014 Wellington ageing financial dreams moderators guide government mateship urban ethnography define renter of the future unemployment learning styles futurist offenders gender village gen alpha New Zealand baby name trends suburban living emerging trends population visualisation Channel Seven mentor communities award manly ABS faux-ciliser poor 1994 property 1975 ACF living data visualisation demographics cold Myth demographer thrive middle class keynote community event Caregiver event report HSC Northern Beaches Christian School safe networking social researchers blaxland world youth day happiness parents school satisfaction financial future New South Wales bondi millionth tea narcissism conference speaker anzac environmental scanning Gen Y unaffordable challenge change budget growth VIC 10 years shopper's pick Social Trend 23 million DESTEL alpha analysis social commentary high school ashley fell communication quote sustainable property price employers generation alpha GPO Word Up Aussie