The Sikh faith has grown over 500 per cent in Australia in the last 10 years.In the same period, the Hindu faith has grown by 300 percent.
The 2006 Census recorded the number of Sikhs in Australia at 26,000 which has gone up to 129,900 just ten years later, reports SBS.com.
The number of Sikhs in Australia has almost doubled in the last five years from 72,296 counted in the last Census.
The first Sikh arrivals in Australia go back nearly 150 years back when many Sikh hawkers left their homes in the Punjab region of the erstwhile colonial India. But Sikhs began arriving in Australia in big numbers only towards the end of the last century, the report added.
As for Hindus, the census figures reveal there were 148,100 Hindus living in Australia, forming 0.7 per cent of the total population. Two census’s later, the religion is close to the half-million mark.
The latest Census data reveals the number of followers of the ancient Indian religion in Australia at 440,300 (1.9 per cent of the total population).
Though Christianity remaining the most common religion (52 per cent of the population), the number of people who chose “no religion” is on the rise with nearly a third of Australians expressing this. 30% of all Australians exercised this option compared to 22 per cent in the last Census.
Islam (2.6 per cent) and Buddhism (2.4 per cent) were the next most common religions reported.
Watch this space for community specific Census results, the report added.
The Census of Population and Housing (Census) is Australia’s largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). For more than 100 years, the Census has provided a snapshot of Australia, showing how our nation has changed over time, allowing us to plan for the future, according to the ABS website.
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