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In Regional SA, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+15,680) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Regional SA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic56,13915.225.153,40315.025.6+2,736
Uniting Church49,36013.45.052,45714.75.7-3,097
Anglican45,42712.317.146,03512.918.7-608
Lutheran32,8148.91.232,7829.21.3+32
Christian,nfd8,0722.22.25,5901.61.6+2,482
Presbyterian and Reformed7,2142.02.87,5802.13.0-366
Baptist4,5171.21.64,1221.21.6+395
Pentecostal4,2691.21.14,1601.21.1+109
Greek Orthodox2,6540.71.82,7520.81.9-98
Buddhism1,8470.52.51,2050.32.1+642
Churches of Christ1,8070.50.22,0200.60.3-213
Jehova's Witnesses1,6510.40.41,7170.50.4-66
Salvation Army1,6030.40.31,6880.50.3-85
Islam1,0980.32.28240.21.7+274
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions9770.30.0890.00.0+888
Sikhism6970.20.34250.10.1+272
Seventh Day Adventist6470.20.36510.20.3-4
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6030.20.36360.20.3-33
Hinduism5210.11.32350.10.7+286
Other Protestant5080.10.34620.10.3+46
Christadelphian4390.10.03870.10.1+52
Paganism3770.10.13720.10.1+5
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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 SA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total218,60359.461.1217,28860.863.9+1,315
Non Christian total6,3481.77.23,8611.15.6+2,487
Non-classifiable religious belief2,5540.70.81,7880.50.7+766
No religion103,31428.122.387,63424.518.7+15,680
Not stated37,45210.28.646,55713.011.2-9,105

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% Uniting Church, Australia: 5.0% Anglican, Australia: 17.1% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.8% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional SA: 15.2% Uniting Church, Regional SA: 13.4% Anglican, Regional SA: 12.3% Lutheran, Regional SA: 8.9% Christian,nfd, Regional SA: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional SA: 2.0% Baptist, Regional SA: 1.2% Pentecostal, Regional SA: 1.2% Greek Orthodox, Regional SA: 0.7% Buddhism, Regional SA: 0.5%
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 SA: +2,736 Uniting Church, Regional SA: -3,097 Anglican, Regional SA: -608 Lutheran, Regional SA: +32 Christian,nfd, Regional SA: +2,482 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional SA: -366 Baptist, Regional SA: +395 Pentecostal, Regional SA: +109 Greek Orthodox, Regional SA: -98 Buddhism, Regional SA: +642
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 SA 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, 61.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.1% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional SA was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 15.2% of the population or 56,139 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 (13.4% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (8.9% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (15.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (12.3% compared to 17.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Uniting Church (-3,097 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+2,736 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+2,482 persons)
  • Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions (+888 persons)
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