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Christianity Plummets in Australia as Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam Grow

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Christianity Plummets in Australia as Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam Grow

Religion in Australia is steadily changing, with the number of people turning to Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam rising.

The 2016 Census showed almost a third of Australia’s population identify as having ‘no religion,’ although many of those still see themselves as spiritual.

While Christianity’s popularity has plummeted, down from 96.9 per cent of the population in 1921 to just scraping half of today’s citizens at 52 per cent, Sikhism and Hinduism have steadily risen.

The face of religion in Australia is steadily changing, with the number of people turning to Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam rising
Christianity's popularity has plummeted, down from 88 per cent of the population 50 years ago to just scraping half of today's citizens

In 2011, Hinduism and Sikhism had a combined 350,000 practitioners.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Census found that number had risen by over 200,000 people by the year 2016, with 80 per cent of those practitioners born overseas.

The statistics suggest children with non-religious parents will almost certainly grow up also not identifying with one particular religion, while children from religious families are also less likely than previous generations to share their parents values.

Meditation is a new age form of expression for many millennial's, as is veganism, and other movements toward positive mental health and wellbeing
Sikhism and Hinduism have seen a particular rise in suburbs in Parramatta, Rosehill, Glenwood and Harris Park

Meditation is a new age form of expression for many millennials, as is veganism, and other movements toward positive mental health and wellbeing.

They draw inspiration from a multitude of sources, and many don’t feel the need to be tied to a particular religion.

Sikhism and Hinduism have seen a rise in western Sydney, particularly in Parramatta, Rosehill, Glenwood and Harris Park.

Islam continues to grow at a rapid rate as well, only slightly trailing behind Hinduism.

People identifying as Sikh have grown from 72,296 in 2011 to 125,901 in 2016
 Christianity has shrunk from 13,150,671 in 2011 to 12,201,600 in 2016 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics
Non-Christian religions have risen in recent years, including Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism 

Granville, Guildford, Lakemba and Auburn, also in Sydney’s west, have all seen exponential rises in the Islamic faith.

Meanwhile, Newtown and Enmore topped the statistics for residents in Sydney with no specific religion.

The newfound surge in a ‘no religion’ option does not suggest people are instead turning to atheism, instead, the younger generation are generally more accepting of cultural and religious variety.

The relevancy of religion, particularly in the younger demographic, has simply dropped off.

GROWTH OF RELIGION

 Religion

Christianity

No Religion

Islam

Buddhism

Hinduism

Sikhism

Judaism

Atheism

Agnosticism

Wiccan 

 2011 Population

13,150,671

4,693,162

476,290

528,978

275,535

72,296

97,336

58,899

34,632

8,414

 2016 Population

12,201,600

6,933,708

604,240

563,674

440,300

125,901

91,022

32,302

26,393

6,616

 Born Overseas

24%

24%

62%

71%

81%

79%

46%

18%

20%

14%

 Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

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