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In Regional QLD, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+105,207) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Regional QLD - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic532,36423.625.1482,27823.525.6+50,086
Anglican461,78320.517.1444,52521.718.7+17,258
Uniting Church151,0326.75.0153,7007.55.7-2,668
Presbyterian and Reformed85,1783.82.882,4564.03.0+2,722
Christian,nfd64,7182.92.239,0541.91.6+25,664
Lutheran44,9002.01.243,4912.11.3+1,409
Baptist38,5681.71.633,0021.61.6+5,566
Pentecostal32,7691.51.131,5691.51.1+1,200
Buddhism23,5261.02.515,0930.72.1+8,433
Jehova's Witnesses14,6990.70.413,4430.70.4+1,256
Islam9,0000.42.25,5720.31.7+3,428
Seventh Day Adventist8,6650.40.37,4840.40.3+1,181
Greek Orthodox7,8720.31.87,2930.41.9+579
Salvation Army7,7490.30.38,2800.40.3-531
Hinduism7,1660.31.33,3910.20.7+3,775
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6,7390.30.35,3980.30.3+1,341
Churches of Christ5,8860.30.26,2500.30.3-364
Other Protestant5,8670.30.35,9580.30.3-91
Other Christian3,9220.20.13,7770.20.1+145
Brethren2,7680.10.13,2890.20.1-521
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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
Regional QLD - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total1,480,34865.761.11,375,14167.063.9+105,207
Non Christian total53,3352.47.233,9791.75.6+19,356
Non-classifiable religious belief18,1030.80.813,6410.70.7+4,462
No religion480,89721.322.3376,78718.418.7+104,110
Not stated221,0459.88.6252,55812.311.2-31,513

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% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Jehova's Witnesses, Australia: 0.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional QLD: 23.6% Anglican, Regional QLD: 20.5% Uniting Church, Regional QLD: 6.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional QLD: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Regional QLD: 2.9% Lutheran, Regional QLD: 2.0% Baptist, Regional QLD: 1.7% Pentecostal, Regional QLD: 1.5% Buddhism, Regional QLD: 1.0% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional QLD: 0.7%
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, Regional QLD: +50,086 Anglican, Regional QLD: +17,258 Uniting Church, Regional QLD: -2,668 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional QLD: +2,722 Christian,nfd, Regional QLD: +25,664 Lutheran, Regional QLD: +1,409 Baptist, Regional QLD: +5,566 Pentecostal, Regional QLD: +1,200 Buddhism, Regional QLD: +8,433 Jehova's Witnesses, Regional QLD: +1,256
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 Regional QLD in 2011 compared to Australia shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 68.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 21.3% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional QLD was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.6% of the population or 532,364 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 (20.5% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.7% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.4% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.6% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+50,086 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+25,664 persons)
  • Anglican (+17,258 persons)
  • Buddhism (+8,433 persons)
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