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In Regional WA, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+30,673) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Regional WA'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 WA'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 WA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic105,15620.925.191,56020.525.6+13,596
Anglican100,70620.017.195,07121.318.7+5,635
Uniting Church21,6244.35.021,4544.85.7+170
Christian,nfd14,4592.92.28,9002.01.6+5,559
Presbyterian and Reformed9,8212.02.88,6551.93.0+1,166
Baptist9,5851.91.67,9111.81.6+1,674
Pentecostal4,4030.91.13,4600.81.1+943
Buddhism4,3630.92.52,7340.62.1+1,629
Lutheran3,5920.71.23,1880.71.3+404
Churches of Christ3,3980.70.23,4930.80.3-95
Jehova's Witnesses3,0810.60.42,7920.60.4+289
Other Protestant3,0230.60.32,9790.70.3+44
Seventh Day Adventist2,6460.50.32,0480.50.3+598
Islam2,6380.52.21,9530.41.7+685
Salvation Army1,5120.30.31,5860.40.3-74
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1,5050.30.31,1180.30.3+387
Hinduism1,1800.21.34980.10.7+682
Greek Orthodox9270.21.89080.21.9+19
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions7980.20.05440.10.0+254
Other Christian7620.20.15130.10.1+249
Brethren5760.10.15940.10.1-18
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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 WA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total287,56157.261.1256,88857.563.9+30,673
Non Christian total11,1792.27.27,7151.75.6+3,464
Non-classifiable religious belief4,4210.90.83,0110.70.7+1,410
No religion136,01427.122.3112,07425.118.7+23,940
Not stated63,41212.68.667,26315.011.2-3,851

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% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Churches of Christ, Australia: 0.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional WA: 20.9% Anglican, Regional WA: 20.0% Uniting Church, Regional WA: 4.3% Christian,nfd, Regional WA: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional WA: 2.0% Baptist, Regional WA: 1.9% Pentecostal, Regional WA: 0.9% Buddhism, Regional WA: 0.9% Lutheran, Regional WA: 0.7% Churches of Christ, Regional WA: 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 WA: +13,596 Anglican, Regional WA: +5,635 Uniting Church, Regional WA: +170 Christian,nfd, Regional WA: +5,559 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional WA: +1,166 Baptist, Regional WA: +1,674 Pentecostal, Regional WA: +943 Buddhism, Regional WA: +1,629 Lutheran, Regional WA: +404 Churches of Christ, Regional WA: -95
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 WA 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, 59.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 27.1% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional WA was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 20.9% of the population or 105,156 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (20.0% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (20.9% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.5% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (0.2% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+13,596 persons)
  • Anglican (+5,635 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+5,559 persons)
  • Baptist (+1,674 persons)
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