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In the City of Adelaide, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,163) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Adelaide's religion statistics provide an indicator of cultural identity and ethnicity when observed in conjunction with other key variables. Religion data reveal the major concentrations of religions as well as revealing the proportion of people with no religious affiliation. There are a number of reasons for different religious compositions across areas including the country of birth and ethnic background of the population, the age of the population (belief in religion is generally stronger, the older the population) and changes in values and belief systems.

The City of Adelaide's religion statistics should be analysed in conjunction with other ethnicity statistics such as Country of Birth data and Language Spoken data to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
City of Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,79212.718.93,00815.321.3-216
Anglican1,5567.19.81,8959.612.6-339
Buddhism9134.12.21,0975.62.2-184
Uniting Church6212.85.88014.17.6-180
Islam6032.72.16283.21.5-25
Hinduism4512.01.73741.91.1+77
Christian,nfd3901.82.82851.52.3+105
Greek Orthodox3651.72.53872.02.8-22
Lutheran3361.52.14252.23.1-89
Baptist2060.91.71901.01.8+16
Presbyterian and Reformed2010.90.92121.11.1-11
Pentecostal1070.51.11350.71.2-28
Other Protestant840.40.4510.30.2+33
Sikhism400.20.61010.50.4-61
Jehova's Witnesses300.10.3160.10.4+14
Judaism300.10.1310.20.1-1
Russian Orthodox280.10.1340.20.1-6
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - Summary
City of Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total6,83731.048.27,62138.856.7-784
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,1319.77.22,34111.95.8-210
Non-classifiable religious belief
1520.70.72501.30.9-98
map this data in atlas.idNo religion9,86944.735.96,70634.128.1+3,163
Not stated
3,10214.18.02,72113.98.5+381

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2016
Religion, 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Adelaide: 18.9% Anglican, Greater Adelaide: 9.8% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: 5.8% Islam, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Hinduism, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.5% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Adelaide: 12.7% Anglican, City of Adelaide: 7.1% Buddhism, City of Adelaide: 4.1% Uniting Church, City of Adelaide: 2.8% Islam, City of Adelaide: 2.7% Hinduism, City of Adelaide: 2.0% Christian,nfd, City of Adelaide: 1.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Adelaide: 1.7% Lutheran, City of Adelaide: 1.5% Baptist, City of Adelaide: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Adelaide: -216 Anglican, City of Adelaide: -339 Buddhism, City of Adelaide: -184 Uniting Church, City of Adelaide: -180 Islam, City of Adelaide: -25 Hinduism, City of Adelaide: +77 Christian,nfd, City of Adelaide: +105 Greek Orthodox, City of Adelaide: -22 Lutheran, City of Adelaide: -89 Baptist, City of Adelaide: +16
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of the City of Adelaide in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 40.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 44.7% said they had no religion, compared with 55.4% and 35.9% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest single religion in the City of Adelaide was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 12.7% of the population or 2,792 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (4.1% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (12.7% compared to 18.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (2.8% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (7.1% compared to 9.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the City of Adelaide between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-339 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-216 persons)
  • Buddhism (-184 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-180 persons)
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