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In Regional NT, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+5,216) compared to non Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Regional NT'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 NT'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 NT - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic17,64519.725.116,27618.725.6+1,369
Anglican9,44910.617.19,66911.118.7-220
Uniting Church9,02410.15.07,6928.95.7+1,332
Lutheran6,2267.01.25,9876.91.3+239
Baptist3,8484.31.63,2283.71.6+620
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions2,6373.00.03,0483.50.0-411
Christian,nfd2,5292.82.21,1781.41.6+1,351
Other Protestant1,8192.00.31,7812.10.3+38
Pentecostal1,2721.41.11,1381.31.1+134
Presbyterian and Reformed9691.12.89081.03.0+61
Buddhism6780.82.55710.72.1+107
Hinduism3360.41.31430.20.7+193
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2600.30.31820.20.3+78
Jehova's Witnesses2340.30.41400.20.4+94
Other Non-Christian Religions2340.30.1770.10.1+157
Islam2310.32.21900.21.7+41
Seventh Day Adventist1760.20.31230.10.3+53
Salvation Army1460.20.31420.20.3+4
Greek Orthodox1310.11.81450.21.9-14
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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 NT - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total54,00660.461.148,79056.263.9+5,216
Non Christian total4,4024.97.24,2404.95.6+162
Non-classifiable religious belief6550.70.84810.60.7+174
No religion18,00220.122.317,90520.618.7+97
Not stated12,31713.88.615,46217.811.2-3,145

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% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Australia: 0.0% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Other Protestant, Australia: 0.3% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional NT: 19.7% Anglican, Regional NT: 10.6% Uniting Church, Regional NT: 10.1% Lutheran, Regional NT: 7.0% Baptist, Regional NT: 4.3% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Regional NT: 3.0% Christian,nfd, Regional NT: 2.8% Other Protestant, Regional NT: 2.0% Pentecostal, Regional NT: 1.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NT: 1.1%
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 NT: +1,369 Anglican, Regional NT: -220 Uniting Church, Regional NT: +1,332 Lutheran, Regional NT: +239 Baptist, Regional NT: +620 Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Regional NT: -411 Christian,nfd, Regional NT: +1,351 Other Protestant, Regional NT: +38 Pentecostal, Regional NT: +134 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NT: +61
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 NT in 2011 compared to Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 65.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 20.1% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional NT was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.7% of the population or 17,645 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (7.0% compared to 1.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (10.1% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.6% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.7% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,369 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,351 persons)
  • Uniting Church (+1,332 persons)
  • Baptist (+620 persons)
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