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In Queensland, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+232,417) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Queensland'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.

Queensland'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
Queensland - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic1,032,41423.825.1933,98624.025.6+98,428
Anglican817,86518.917.1793,53420.418.7+24,331
Uniting Church276,3226.45.0281,4237.25.7-5,101
Presbyterian and Reformed152,2893.52.8145,2983.73.0+6,991
Christian,nfd122,6202.82.274,9781.91.6+47,642
Baptist87,2042.01.674,3381.91.6+12,866
Lutheran79,1931.81.276,5652.01.3+2,628
Buddhism65,9321.52.547,3411.22.1+18,591
Pentecostal65,2801.51.160,9031.61.1+4,377
Islam34,0690.82.220,2830.51.7+13,786
Hinduism28,6090.71.314,0400.40.7+14,569
Jehova's Witnesses25,4390.60.423,5900.60.4+1,849
Greek Orthodox23,7640.51.822,4450.61.9+1,319
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)19,2650.40.315,7150.40.3+3,550
Seventh Day Adventist17,3320.40.314,7010.40.3+2,631
Salvation Army14,4280.30.315,1930.40.3-765
Other Protestant12,5070.30.312,2110.30.3+296
Churches of Christ9,8130.20.210,5230.30.3-710
Sikhism9,3570.20.32,6270.10.1+6,730
Other Christian8,8070.20.18,1700.20.1+637
Brethren4,6600.10.15,8150.10.1-1,155
Judaism4,5010.10.53,6620.10.4+839
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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
Queensland - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total2,785,00564.361.12,582,65166.463.9+202,354
Non Christian total161,0723.77.2103,1522.75.6+57,920
Non-classifiable religious belief35,2510.80.826,0730.70.7+9,178
No religion955,81522.122.3723,39818.618.7+232,417
Not stated395,6049.18.6456,34411.711.2-60,740

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, Australia: 25.1% Anglican, Australia: 17.1% Uniting Church, Australia: 5.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Queensland: 23.8% Anglican, Queensland: 18.9% Uniting Church, Queensland: 6.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Queensland: 3.5% Christian,nfd, Queensland: 2.8% Baptist, Queensland: 2.0% Lutheran, Queensland: 1.8% Buddhism, Queensland: 1.5% Pentecostal, Queensland: 1.5% Islam, Queensland: 0.8%
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, Queensland: +98,428 Anglican, Queensland: +24,331 Uniting Church, Queensland: -5,101 Presbyterian and Reformed, Queensland: +6,991 Christian,nfd, Queensland: +47,642 Baptist, Queensland: +12,866 Lutheran, Queensland: +2,628 Buddhism, Queensland: +18,591 Pentecostal, Queensland: +4,377 Islam, Queensland: +13,786
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 Queensland in 2011 compared to Australia shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 68.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.1% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Queensland was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.8% of the population or 1,032,414 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Queensland and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.9% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.4% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.8% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.8% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+98,428 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+47,642 persons)
  • Anglican (+24,331 persons)
  • Buddhism (+18,591 persons)
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