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Stats on Vietnamese (2011)

Okay, I also recently worked up some stats on Vietnamese in Australia, so I thought I might as well share it here too. It might help some of you be strategic in your ministry… although really, the stats really shocked me. I do hope it spurs us into prayer and action!

At the 2011 ABS census there were 199,248 people of Vietnamese ancestry living in Australia. This represents 0.93% of the overall population.

1. Distribution

First of all, here is the age profile of the Vietnamese population in Australia (click all graphs for a larger version).

Age profile of Vietnamese - 2011

Here is the age profile, but this time broken up into the different states. As you can see, the Vietnamese population is predominantly found in NSW and Victoria.

Age profile of Vietnamese by state - 2011

Here is another graph showing the distribution as a pie chart. NSW and VIC together account for almost 74% of all the Vietnamese in Australia.

Vietnamese by state - 2011

In Sydney, here is a map of where the Vietnamese are living. As you can see, it’s predominantly in the South-West of Sydney, around the two geographic centres of Bankstown, and Cabramatta / Canley Vale.

Vietnamese map - Sydney SA2 2011

Here is a listing of the top areas in NSW (these are SA2 ABS geographic divisions, which are larger than suburbs). If you’re looking to plant a Vietnamese ministry, then these are the areas to target!

Top areas for Vietanmese in Sydney SA2 - 2011

2. Growth

How has the Vietnamese population grown over the past few years? Between the 2006 and 2011 census dates, the Vietnamese population has grown from 158,036 to 199,248. That’s quite a significant growth of 26.1% – by comparison, Australia as a whole grew by only 8.3%!

Size of Vietnamese population - 2006 to 2011

Here is a graph built with data from the Department of Immigration showing historic migration levels from Vietnam – you can see there the huge influx after the Vietnam War in the late 1970’s and through to the 80’s. But since then there has still been steady growth in the Vietnamese population.

Permanent additions from Vietnam - 1975 to 2012

Here is a graph of the age profile from 2006 and 2011 (I’ve aged the 2006 figures by 5 years). People who have migrated between those two census dates would be represented by the area between the two lines – and you can see that migration growth has particularly been in the 15 to 29 age bracket – and especially in the 20-24 age bracket.

Growth of Vietnamese population - 2006 to 2011

3. Religion

But here is where it gets really concerning… This pie graph shows you the religion of the Vietnamese in Australia. A huge 50.5% identify themselves as Buddhists, and 29.2% identify themselves as Roman Catholics. But by comparison, the number of Protestant Christians (including Pentecostals) is very, very small – overall, it’s about 3.25% (or 6,466 people).

Religion of Vietnamese - 2011

Here is a graph showing the age profile of different religions – you can see (or rather, not see) how tiny is the number of Protestants across the whole age range. However if you compare to the overall age profile (the very first graph) you can see that there is perhaps some sign of dissatisfaction in both Buddhism and Catholicism (note that the colours of this line graph are not the same as the colours in the pie graph above).

Age profile of Vietnamese by religion - 2011

Here is a graph from showing church attendance for one Christian denomination – the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). The C&MA are the major Protestant denomination among the Vietnamese. However you can see that there has been negligible growth among these Vietnamese congregations over the years.

C&MA attendance by ethnicity 1988-2012Overall, the figures look quite troubling: a growing population (26.1% between 2006 and 2011) – yet with few Protestant Christians (3.25% at 2011), and negligible growth among ministries over the years.

What implications do these stats have for ministry among the Vietnamese? What does this mean for evangelism? And what role will the next generation of Vietnamese Christian leadership play?

Categories: Statistics
  1. Bruce Hall
    28 November 2013 at 9:27 am

    Great and thanks a lot Andrew Mistake on growth chart, 150,000 to 200,000 not 15,000 to 200000. B

  2. 26 December 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks Andrew! This is really helpful.

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