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In the Shire of Ashburton, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,436) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The Shire of Ashburton'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 Shire of Ashburton'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
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,69820.719.31,95619.620.9+742
Anglican1,50811.616.41,66116.620.0-153
Christian,nfd3272.53.32132.12.9+114
Uniting Church2572.03.22722.74.3-15
Buddhism2321.81.01291.30.9+103
Presbyterian and Reformed2241.71.71931.92.0+31
Baptist1621.21.81591.61.9+3
Hinduism1160.90.4280.30.2+88
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions1040.80.2240.20.2+80
Islam1030.80.6430.40.5+60
Pentecostal580.40.9650.60.9-7
Other Protestant540.40.8280.30.6+26
Lutheran440.30.4730.70.7-29
Jehova's Witnesses320.20.6400.40.6-8
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)320.20.3190.20.3+13
Greek Orthodox280.20.2210.20.2+7
Seventh Day Adventist210.20.5160.20.5+5
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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
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Christian total5,49942.250.24,82048.257.2+679
Non Christian total6074.72.62632.62.2+344
Non-classifiable religious belief1200.90.7961.00.9+24
No religion4,41833.934.12,98229.827.1+1,436
Not stated2,38518.312.41,84018.412.6+545

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, Regional WA: 19.3% Anglican, Regional WA: 16.4% Christian,nfd, Regional WA: 3.3% Uniting Church, Regional WA: 3.2% Buddhism, Regional WA: 1.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional WA: 1.7% Baptist, Regional WA: 1.8% Hinduism, Regional WA: 0.4% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Regional WA: 0.2% Islam, Regional WA: 0.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Shire of Ashburton: 20.7% Anglican, Shire of Ashburton: 11.6% Christian,nfd, Shire of Ashburton: 2.5% Uniting Church, Shire of Ashburton: 2.0% Buddhism, Shire of Ashburton: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Shire of Ashburton: 1.7% Baptist, Shire of Ashburton: 1.2% Hinduism, Shire of Ashburton: 0.9% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Shire of Ashburton: 0.8% Islam, Shire of Ashburton: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Shire of Ashburton: +742 Anglican, Shire of Ashburton: -153 Christian,nfd, Shire of Ashburton: +114 Uniting Church, Shire of Ashburton: -15 Buddhism, Shire of Ashburton: +103 Presbyterian and Reformed, Shire of Ashburton: +31 Baptist, Shire of Ashburton: +3 Hinduism, Shire of Ashburton: +88 Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Shire of Ashburton: +80 Islam, Shire of Ashburton: +60
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 Shire of Ashburton in 2016 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 46.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 33.9% said they had no religion, compared with 52.8% and 34.1% respectively for Regional WA.

The largest single religion in the Shire of Ashburton was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 20.7% of the population or 2,698 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (20.7% compared to 19.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (11.6% compared to 16.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (2.0% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+742 persons)
  • Anglican (-153 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+114 persons)
  • Buddhism (+103 persons)
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