A breakdown in data from Census 2016 shows that almost half of Australia’s Muslim population now lives in Sydney.
The number of Muslims living in greater Sydney rose by 5.3 per cent in 2016 to 253,436 people.
This accounts for 40 per cent of the total Muslim population of 604,000 living in Australia in 2016.
Islam was revealed to be the fastest growing religion in the city. The latest census figures also revealed the Islam in Australia overtook Buddhism as the most popular non-Christian religion.
The number of Muslims living in the country almost doubled from 341,000 in the 2006 census.
The Census also revealed an additional 2.2 million people registered as having no religion – surpassing Catholicism as the country’s most popular religious affiliation.
Data from the 2016 census, released on Tuesday, shows 30 per cent of Australians identified as having no religion, compared with 22 per cent in the 2011 census and almost 19 per cent in 2006. (Mailonline)