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Australian Capital Territory

Religion

In Australian Capital Territory, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+27,774) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Australian Capital 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.

Australian Capital 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
Australian Capital Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic93,16426.125.190,62228.025.6+2,542
Anglican52,37014.717.154,10216.718.7-1,732
Uniting Church11,9063.35.013,0194.05.7-1,113
Buddhism9,3162.62.57,1352.22.1+2,181
Presbyterian and Reformed8,4992.42.88,8252.73.0-326
Christian,nfd7,5592.12.25,7171.81.6+1,842
Islam7,4302.12.24,3521.31.7+3,078
Hinduism6,0531.71.33,2891.00.7+2,764
Baptist4,3831.21.64,2431.31.6+140
Greek Orthodox4,2451.21.84,1181.31.9+127
Pentecostal3,6241.01.13,1901.01.1+434
Lutheran3,5031.01.23,7531.21.3-250
Sikhism1,0830.30.33610.10.1+722
Other Protestant1,0120.30.38400.30.3+172
Serbian Orthodox9430.30.28950.30.2+48
Salvation Army7780.20.39060.30.3-128
Judaism7140.20.55900.20.4+124
Other Eastern Orthodox7090.20.36500.20.3+59
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)7060.20.36480.20.3+58
Jehova's Witnesses6900.20.47170.20.4-27
Seventh Day Adventist6440.20.35160.20.3+128
Other Christian4640.10.14140.10.1+50
Macedonian Orthodox4470.10.23720.10.2+75
Russian Orthodox4390.10.13900.10.1+49
Paganism4040.10.14430.10.1-39
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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
Australian Capital Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total197,06055.261.1194,75860.263.9+2,302
Non Christian total26,2907.47.217,5465.45.6+8,744
Non-classifiable religious belief3,6091.00.82,5200.80.7+1,089
No religion103,24628.922.375,47223.318.7+27,774
Not stated26,9937.68.632,96610.211.2-5,973

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% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Hinduism, Australia: 1.3% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Australian Capital Territory: 26.1% Anglican, Australian Capital Territory: 14.7% Uniting Church, Australian Capital Territory: 3.3% Buddhism, Australian Capital Territory: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australian Capital Territory: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Australian Capital Territory: 2.1% Islam, Australian Capital Territory: 2.1% Hinduism, Australian Capital Territory: 1.7% Baptist, Australian Capital Territory: 1.2% Greek Orthodox, Australian Capital Territory: 1.2%
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, Australian Capital Territory: +2,542 Anglican, Australian Capital Territory: -1,732 Uniting Church, Australian Capital Territory: -1,113 Buddhism, Australian Capital Territory: +2,181 Presbyterian and Reformed, Australian Capital Territory: -326 Christian,nfd, Australian Capital Territory: +1,842 Islam, Australian Capital Territory: +3,078 Hinduism, Australian Capital Territory: +2,764 Baptist, Australian Capital Territory: +140 Greek Orthodox, Australian Capital Territory: +127
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 Australian Capital 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, 62.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.9% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Australian Capital Territory was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.1% of the population or 93,164 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (14.7% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (3.3% compared to 5.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+3,078 persons)
  • Hinduism (+2,764 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+2,542 persons)
  • Buddhism (+2,181 persons)
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