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In Northern Territory, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+13,151) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Northern Territory'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.

Northern Territory'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
Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic45,77321.625.140,41821.225.6+5,355
Anglican24,14611.417.123,37512.218.7+771
Uniting Church14,7216.95.013,3577.05.7+1,364
Lutheran7,9043.71.27,4603.91.3+444
Baptist5,6522.71.64,6902.51.6+962
Christian,nfd5,1002.42.22,6091.41.6+2,491
Buddhism3,6981.72.52,8401.52.1+858
Greek Orthodox3,5981.71.83,0971.61.9+501
Presbyterian and Reformed3,1671.52.82,7621.43.0+405
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions2,7051.30.03,1101.60.0-405
Other Protestant2,3281.10.32,2251.20.3+103
Pentecostal2,3271.11.12,1721.11.1+155
Hinduism1,6420.81.35360.30.7+1,106
Islam1,5980.82.21,0850.61.7+513
Jehova's Witnesses6700.30.45350.30.4+135
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5600.30.34230.20.3+137
Seventh Day Adventist5070.20.33190.20.3+188
Salvation Army4820.20.34660.20.3+16
Other Non-Christian Religions3160.10.11230.10.1+193
Sikhism2650.10.3420.00.1+223
Other Christian2140.10.11430.10.1+71
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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
Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total117,62255.561.1104,47154.763.9+13,151
Non Christian total10,9475.27.28,4024.45.6+2,545
Non-classifiable religious belief1,9270.90.81,3650.70.7+562
No religion50,64023.922.344,11523.118.7+6,525
Not stated30,83014.58.632,56117.111.2-1,731

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% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Australia: 0.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Northern Territory: 21.6% Anglican, Northern Territory: 11.4% Uniting Church, Northern Territory: 6.9% Lutheran, Northern Territory: 3.7% Baptist, Northern Territory: 2.7% Christian,nfd, Northern Territory: 2.4% Buddhism, Northern Territory: 1.7% Greek Orthodox, Northern Territory: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Northern Territory: 1.5% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Northern Territory: 1.3%
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, Northern Territory: +5,355 Anglican, Northern Territory: +771 Uniting Church, Northern Territory: +1,364 Lutheran, Northern Territory: +444 Baptist, Northern Territory: +962 Christian,nfd, Northern Territory: +2,491 Buddhism, Northern Territory: +858 Greek Orthodox, Northern Territory: +501 Presbyterian and Reformed, Northern Territory: +405 Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Northern Territory: -405
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 Northern Territory 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, 60.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.9% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Northern Territory was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.6% of the population or 45,773 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (3.7% compared to 1.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.9% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (11.4% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (21.6% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+5,355 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+2,491 persons)
  • Uniting Church (+1,364 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,106 persons)
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