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In Regional TAS, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+24,830) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Regional TAS'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 TAS'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 TAS - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Anglican59,73120.813.373,02825.917.1-13,297
Western (Roman) Catholic41,44814.522.345,81116.225.1-4,363
Uniting Church13,6674.83.716,7575.95.0-3,090
Christian,nfd8,5423.02.67,9642.82.2+578
Presbyterian and Reformed6,7542.42.38,0342.82.8-1,280
Baptist5,8682.01.56,6292.31.6-761
Pentecostal3,3051.21.12,8691.01.1+436
Buddhism2,0050.72.41,7720.62.5+233
Jehova's Witnesses1,4190.50.41,4530.50.4-34
Other Protestant1,3750.50.54670.20.3+908
Brethren1,0740.40.11,4610.50.1-387
Salvation Army1,0150.40.21,2900.50.3-275
Islam9460.32.65440.22.2+402
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)9440.30.39730.30.3-29
Hinduism9280.31.97100.31.3+218
Lutheran7280.30.71,2310.41.2-503
Churches of Christ6250.20.28990.30.2-274
Seventh Day Adventist6130.20.36610.20.3-48
Greek Orthodox3700.11.63910.11.8-21
Paganism3340.10.13120.10.1+22
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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 TAS - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total148,05751.752.1170,63760.461.1-22,580
Non Christian total5,2351.88.24,3371.57.2+898
Non-classifiable religious belief1,8620.60.62,0480.70.8-186
No religion104,15536.329.979,32528.122.3+24,830
Not stated27,3239.59.126,1509.38.6+1,173

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 Anglican, Australia: 13.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 22.3% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Jehova's Witnesses, Australia: 0.4% Other Protestant, Australia: 0.5% Anglican, Regional TAS: 20.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional TAS: 14.5% Uniting Church, Regional TAS: 4.8% Christian,nfd, Regional TAS: 3.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional TAS: 2.4% Baptist, Regional TAS: 2.0% Pentecostal, Regional TAS: 1.2% Buddhism, Regional TAS: 0.7% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional TAS: 0.5% Other Protestant, Regional TAS: 0.5%
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 Anglican, Regional TAS: -13,297 Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional TAS: -4,363 Uniting Church, Regional TAS: -3,090 Christian,nfd, Regional TAS: +578 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional TAS: -1,280 Baptist, Regional TAS: -761 Pentecostal, Regional TAS: +436 Buddhism, Regional TAS: +233 Jehova's Witnesses, Regional TAS: -34 Other Protestant, Regional TAS: +908
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 TAS 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, 53.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 36.3% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional TAS was Anglican, with 20.8% of the population or 59,731 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (20.8% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (14.5% compared to 22.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.3% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.7% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-13,297 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-4,363 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-3,090 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-1,280 persons)
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