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In Regional SA, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+30,055) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Regional SA'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 SA'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 SA - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic54,69514.522.356,13915.225.1-1,444
Uniting Church43,10611.43.749,36013.45.0-6,254
Anglican40,48610.713.345,42712.317.1-4,941
Lutheran24,4386.50.732,8148.91.2-8,376
Christian,nfd10,3042.72.68,0722.22.2+2,232
Presbyterian and Reformed6,3541.72.37,2142.02.8-860
Baptist4,5011.21.54,5171.21.6-16
Pentecostal4,2721.11.14,2691.21.1+3
Greek Orthodox2,4170.61.62,6540.71.8-237
Buddhism2,3550.62.41,8470.52.5+508
Jehova's Witnesses1,5110.40.41,6510.40.4-140
Churches of Christ1,4590.40.21,8070.50.2-348
Islam1,3920.42.61,0980.32.2+294
Salvation Army1,3050.30.21,6030.40.3-298
Other Protestant1,2780.30.55080.10.3+770
Sikhism8130.20.56970.20.3+116
Hinduism7370.21.95210.11.3+216
Seventh Day Adventist6850.20.36470.20.3+38
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5910.20.36030.20.3-12
Christadelphian4890.10.04390.10.0+50
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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 SA - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total198,53852.552.1218,60359.461.1-20,065
Non Christian total6,7141.88.26,3481.77.2+366
Non-classifiable religious belief2,1910.60.62,5540.70.8-363
No religion133,36935.329.9103,31428.122.3+30,055
Not stated37,2399.89.137,45210.28.6-213

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% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Anglican, Australia: 13.3% Lutheran, Australia: 0.7% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.6% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional SA: 14.5% Uniting Church, Regional SA: 11.4% Anglican, Regional SA: 10.7% Lutheran, Regional SA: 6.5% Christian,nfd, Regional SA: 2.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional SA: 1.7% Baptist, Regional SA: 1.2% Pentecostal, Regional SA: 1.1% Greek Orthodox, Regional SA: 0.6% Buddhism, Regional SA: 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 SA: -1,444 Uniting Church, Regional SA: -6,254 Anglican, Regional SA: -4,941 Lutheran, Regional SA: -8,376 Christian,nfd, Regional SA: +2,232 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional SA: -860 Baptist, Regional SA: -16 Pentecostal, Regional SA: +3 Greek Orthodox, Regional SA: -237 Buddhism, Regional SA: +508
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 SA in 2016 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, 54.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 35.3% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional SA was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 14.5% of the population or 54,695 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (11.4% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (6.5% compared to 0.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (14.5% compared to 22.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.7% compared to 13.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Lutheran (-8,376 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-6,254 persons)
  • Anglican (-4,941 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+2,232 persons)
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