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In Tasmania, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+39,600) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Tasmania'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.

Tasmania'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
Tasmania - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Anglican128,70326.017.1139,17829.318.7-10,475
Western (Roman) Catholic88,81017.925.187,61218.425.6+1,198
Uniting Church24,0034.85.027,4745.85.7-3,471
Presbyterian and Reformed12,0962.42.812,1272.63.0-31
Christian,nfd12,0492.42.28,6461.81.6+3,403
Baptist8,6011.71.68,6421.81.6-41
Pentecostal4,7891.01.14,7591.01.1+30
Buddhism3,6110.72.52,5900.52.1+1,021
Lutheran2,1970.41.22,1920.51.3+5
Jehova's Witnesses2,1620.40.42,2120.50.4-50
Salvation Army1,9360.40.32,2520.50.3-316
Greek Orthodox1,8560.41.81,9110.41.9-55
Brethren1,8000.40.12,2130.50.1-413
Islam1,7040.32.21,0420.21.7+662
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1,6250.30.31,6030.30.3+22
Hinduism1,6080.31.37840.20.7+824
Churches of Christ1,2670.30.21,6950.40.3-428
Seventh Day Adventist1,1140.20.31,0650.20.3+49
Other Protestant7870.20.37740.20.3+13
Other Christian6150.10.14870.10.1+128
Paganism5210.10.15570.10.1-36
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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
Tasmania - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total295,35859.661.1305,63564.363.9-10,277
Non Christian total9,4711.97.26,4601.45.6+3,011
Non-classifiable religious belief4,0500.80.83,1820.70.7+868
No religion141,86528.622.3102,26521.518.7+39,600
Not stated44,6109.08.657,97612.211.2-13,366

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 Anglican, Australia: 17.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 25.1% Uniting Church, Australia: 5.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Jehova's Witnesses, Australia: 0.4% Anglican, Tasmania: 26.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Tasmania: 17.9% Uniting Church, Tasmania: 4.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Tasmania: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Tasmania: 2.4% Baptist, Tasmania: 1.7% Pentecostal, Tasmania: 1.0% Buddhism, Tasmania: 0.7% Lutheran, Tasmania: 0.4% Jehova's Witnesses, Tasmania: 0.4%
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 Anglican, Tasmania: -10,475 Western (Roman) Catholic, Tasmania: +1,198 Uniting Church, Tasmania: -3,471 Presbyterian and Reformed, Tasmania: -31 Christian,nfd, Tasmania: +3,403 Baptist, Tasmania: -41 Pentecostal, Tasmania: +30 Buddhism, Tasmania: +1,021 Lutheran, Tasmania: +5 Jehova's Witnesses, Tasmania: -50
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 Tasmania in 2011 compared to Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 61.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.6% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Tasmania was Anglican, with 26.0% of the population or 128,703 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (26.0% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (17.9% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.3% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.7% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-10,475 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-3,471 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+3,403 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,198 persons)
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