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Number of persons with Buddhist affiliation



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This FACT indicates the number Australians with Buddhist affiliation in each capital. Buddhism is a nontheistic religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The word ‘Buddha’ means the awakened or enlightened one. It is primarily practiced in Asia, and Buddhist tradition acknowledges that the roots of the religion lie in the eastern part of the Indian Subcontinent, where Buddha lived and taught.

2016 Census results show that the city with the highest number of Buddhists is Sydney, at 186,037. The city with the lowest number is Hobart, at 2,032 people.


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census data 2016

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