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In the Shire of Ashburton, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,965) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic1,95619.620.91,03016.920.5+926
Anglican1,66116.620.01,09318.021.3+568
Uniting Church2722.74.31893.14.8+83
Christian,nfd2132.12.9991.62.0+114
Presbyterian and Reformed1931.92.0971.61.9+96
Baptist1591.61.91121.81.8+47
Buddhism1291.30.9330.50.6+96
Lutheran730.70.7681.10.7+5
Pentecostal650.60.9300.50.8+35
Churches of Christ540.50.7280.50.8+26
Islam430.40.5240.40.4+19
Jehova's Witnesses400.40.6220.40.6+18
Other Protestant280.30.6130.20.7+15
Hinduism280.30.2100.20.1+18
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions240.20.2821.30.1-58
Greek Orthodox210.20.2130.20.2+8
Salvation Army210.20.390.10.4+12
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. 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)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Christian total4,82048.257.22,85547.057.5+1,965
Non Christian total2632.62.21803.01.7+83
Non-classifiable religious belief961.00.9410.70.7+55
No religion2,98229.827.11,92631.725.1+1,056
Not stated1,84018.412.61,07817.715.0+762

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional WA: 20.9% Anglican, Regional WA: 20.0% Uniting Church, Regional WA: 4.3% Christian,nfd, Regional WA: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional WA: 2.0% Baptist, Regional WA: 1.9% Buddhism, Regional WA: 0.9% Lutheran, Regional WA: 0.7% Pentecostal, Regional WA: 0.9% Churches of Christ, Regional WA: 0.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Shire of Ashburton: 19.6% Anglican, Shire of Ashburton: 16.6% Uniting Church, Shire of Ashburton: 2.7% Christian,nfd, Shire of Ashburton: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Shire of Ashburton: 1.9% Baptist, Shire of Ashburton: 1.6% Buddhism, Shire of Ashburton: 1.3% Lutheran, Shire of Ashburton: 0.7% Pentecostal, Shire of Ashburton: 0.6% Churches of Christ, Shire of Ashburton: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Shire of Ashburton: +926 Anglican, Shire of Ashburton: +568 Uniting Church, Shire of Ashburton: +83 Christian,nfd, Shire of Ashburton: +114 Presbyterian and Reformed, Shire of Ashburton: +96 Baptist, Shire of Ashburton: +47 Buddhism, Shire of Ashburton: +96 Lutheran, Shire of Ashburton: +5 Pentecostal, Shire of Ashburton: +35 Churches of Christ, Shire of Ashburton: +26
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 50.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.8% said they had no religion, compared with 59.4% and 27.1% respectively for Regional WA.

The largest single religion in the Shire of Ashburton was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.6% of the population or 1,956 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (16.6% compared to 20.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (2.7% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.6% compared to 20.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Shire of Ashburton between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+926 persons)
  • Anglican (+568 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+114 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (+96 persons)
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