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In CAD West, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+858) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

CAD West'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.

CAD West'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
CAD West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic3278.212.734311.315.3-17
Buddhism3107.74.133110.95.6-20
Islam1453.62.71755.83.2-30
Hinduism1062.72.0702.31.9+36
Anglican741.97.1913.09.6-17
Uniting Church521.32.8672.24.1-15
Christian,nfd511.31.8441.51.5+7
Pentecostal381.00.5120.40.7+27
Baptist360.90.9280.91.0+7
Lutheran310.81.5270.92.2+4
Greek Orthodox290.71.7210.72.0+8
Presbyterian and Reformed220.60.9351.21.1-13
Sikhism100.30.270.30.5+3
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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
CAD West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total67716.931.071623.538.8-39
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total57814.49.759619.611.9-18
Non-classifiable religious belief
280.70.7361.21.3-8
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,88246.944.71,02433.734.1+858
Not stated
81320.314.166922.013.9+144

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, City of Adelaide: 12.7% Buddhism, City of Adelaide: 4.1% Islam, City of Adelaide: 2.7% Hinduism, City of Adelaide: 2.0% Anglican, City of Adelaide: 7.1% Uniting Church, City of Adelaide: 2.8% Christian,nfd, City of Adelaide: 1.8% Pentecostal, City of Adelaide: 0.5% Baptist, City of Adelaide: 0.9% Lutheran, City of Adelaide: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, CAD West: 8.2% Buddhism, CAD West: 7.7% Islam, CAD West: 3.6% Hinduism, CAD West: 2.7% Anglican, CAD West: 1.9% Uniting Church, CAD West: 1.3% Christian,nfd, CAD West: 1.3% Pentecostal, CAD West: 1.0% Baptist, CAD West: 0.9% Lutheran, CAD West: 0.8%
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, CAD West: -17 Buddhism, CAD West: -20 Islam, CAD West: -30 Hinduism, CAD West: +36 Anglican, CAD West: -17 Uniting Church, CAD West: -15 Christian,nfd, CAD West: +7 Pentecostal, CAD West: +27 Baptist, CAD West: +7 Lutheran, CAD West: +4
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 CAD West in 2016 compared to the City of 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, 31.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 46.9% said they had no religion, compared with 40.6% and 44.7% respectively for the City of Adelaide.

The largest single religion in CAD West was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 8.2% of the population or 327 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (7.7% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (1.9% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (8.2% compared to 12.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (1.3% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

There were no major differences in CAD West between 2011 and 2016.

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