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In Regional QLD, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+201,314) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Regional QLD'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.

Regional QLD'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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Regional QLD - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic531,76422.022.3532,36423.625.1-600
Anglican414,96817.113.3461,78320.517.1-46,815
Uniting Church134,5145.63.7151,0326.75.0-16,518
Presbyterian and Reformed78,1813.22.385,1783.82.8-6,997
Christian,nfd73,4033.02.664,7182.92.2+8,685
Baptist38,1481.61.538,5681.71.6-420
Pentecostal37,2101.51.132,7691.51.1+4,441
Lutheran32,5441.30.744,9002.01.2-12,356
Buddhism26,1351.12.423,5261.02.5+2,609
Jehova's Witnesses14,4650.60.414,6990.70.4-234
Hinduism12,4050.51.97,1660.31.3+5,239
Islam10,9860.52.69,0000.42.2+1,986
Other Protestant10,7980.40.55,8670.30.3+4,931
Seventh Day Adventist8,5690.40.38,6650.40.3-96
Greek Orthodox7,8120.31.67,8720.31.8-60
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)7,3180.30.36,7390.30.3+579
Salvation Army6,8050.30.27,7490.30.3-944
Churches of Christ5,1620.20.25,8860.30.2-724
Sikhism4,9630.20.52,2480.10.3+2,715
Other Christian3,5030.10.13,9220.20.1-419
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. 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
Regional QLD - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total1,412,00958.452.11,480,34865.761.1-68,339
Non Christian total65,7212.78.253,3352.47.2+12,386
Non-classifiable religious belief15,4460.60.618,1030.80.8-2,657
No religion682,21128.229.9480,89721.322.3+201,314
Not stated244,31310.19.1221,0459.88.6+23,268

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2016
Religion, 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 22.3% Anglican, Australia: 13.3% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Lutheran, Australia: 0.7% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Jehova's Witnesses, Australia: 0.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional QLD: 22.0% Anglican, Regional QLD: 17.1% Uniting Church, Regional QLD: 5.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional QLD: 3.2% Christian,nfd, Regional QLD: 3.0% Baptist, Regional QLD: 1.6% Pentecostal, Regional QLD: 1.5% Lutheran, Regional QLD: 1.3% Buddhism, Regional QLD: 1.1% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional QLD: 0.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional QLD: -600 Anglican, Regional QLD: -46,815 Uniting Church, Regional QLD: -16,518 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional QLD: -6,997 Christian,nfd, Regional QLD: +8,685 Baptist, Regional QLD: -420 Pentecostal, Regional QLD: +4,441 Lutheran, Regional QLD: -12,356 Buddhism, Regional QLD: +2,609 Jehova's Witnesses, Regional QLD: -234
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Regional QLD in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 61.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.2% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional QLD was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.0% of the population or 531,764 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (17.1% compared to 13.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (5.6% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.5% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.5% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Regional QLD between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-46,815 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-16,518 persons)
  • Lutheran (-12,356 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+8,685 persons)
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