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In Regional TAS, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+20,325) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Anglican73,02825.917.179,32528.918.7-6,297
Western (Roman) Catholic45,81116.225.145,27316.525.6+538
Uniting Church16,7575.95.018,9546.95.7-2,197
Presbyterian and Reformed8,0342.82.88,1233.03.0-89
Christian,nfd7,9642.82.25,7152.11.6+2,249
Baptist6,6292.31.66,7442.51.6-115
Pentecostal2,8691.01.12,8871.11.1-18
Buddhism1,7720.62.51,1440.42.1+628
Brethren1,4610.50.11,8060.70.1-345
Jehova's Witnesses1,4530.50.41,5130.60.4-60
Salvation Army1,2900.50.31,4760.50.3-186
Lutheran1,2310.41.21,2110.41.3+20
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)9730.30.39410.30.3+32
Churches of Christ8990.30.21,2320.40.3-333
Hinduism7100.31.32870.10.7+423
Seventh Day Adventist6610.20.36200.20.3+41
Islam5440.22.25010.21.7+43
Other Protestant4670.20.34900.20.3-23
Greek Orthodox3910.11.84170.21.9-26
Paganism3120.10.13350.10.1-23
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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 TAS - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total170,63760.461.1177,37064.563.9-6,733
Non Christian total4,3371.57.22,9291.15.6+1,408
Non-classifiable religious belief2,0480.70.81,7260.60.7+322
No religion79,32528.122.359,00021.518.7+20,325
Not stated26,1509.38.633,86212.311.2-7,712

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 Anglican, Australia: 17.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 25.1% Uniting Church, Australia: 5.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Brethren, Australia: 0.1% Jehova's Witnesses, Australia: 0.4% Anglican, Regional TAS: 25.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional TAS: 16.2% Uniting Church, Regional TAS: 5.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional TAS: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Regional TAS: 2.8% Baptist, Regional TAS: 2.3% Pentecostal, Regional TAS: 1.0% Buddhism, Regional TAS: 0.6% Brethren, Regional TAS: 0.5% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional TAS: 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 Anglican, Regional TAS: -6,297 Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional TAS: +538 Uniting Church, Regional TAS: -2,197 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional TAS: -89 Christian,nfd, Regional TAS: +2,249 Baptist, Regional TAS: -115 Pentecostal, Regional TAS: -18 Buddhism, Regional TAS: +628 Brethren, Regional TAS: -345 Jehova's Witnesses, Regional TAS: -60
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 TAS 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, 61.9% 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 TAS was Anglican, with 25.9% of the population or 73,028 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 (25.9% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (16.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.2% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.6% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-6,297 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+2,249 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-2,197 persons)
  • Buddhism (+628 persons)
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