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In Greater Brisbane, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+121,789) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Greater Brisbane'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.

Greater Brisbane'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
Greater Brisbane - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic497,92924.125.1453,86324.525.6+44,066
Anglican353,90717.117.1351,55819.018.7+2,349
Uniting Church124,6866.05.0128,5116.95.7-3,825
Presbyterian and Reformed66,6863.22.863,1123.43.0+3,574
Christian,nfd57,5002.82.236,1592.01.6+21,341
Baptist48,4392.31.641,6092.21.6+6,830
Buddhism42,2282.02.532,4381.82.1+9,790
Lutheran34,1311.71.232,8881.81.3+1,243
Pentecostal32,3511.61.129,3131.61.1+3,038
Islam24,9921.22.214,8280.81.7+10,164
Hinduism21,3951.01.310,7980.60.7+10,597
Greek Orthodox15,8620.81.815,1520.81.9+710
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)12,4730.60.310,1860.50.3+2,287
Jehova's Witnesses10,6950.50.410,1350.50.4+560
Seventh Day Adventist8,6360.40.37,4300.40.3+1,206
Sikhism7,1020.30.31,8120.10.1+5,290
Salvation Army6,6270.30.37,0410.40.3-414
Other Protestant6,5890.30.36,2650.30.3+324
Other Christian4,8690.20.14,4320.20.1+437
Churches of Christ3,8960.20.24,2700.20.3-374
Russian Orthodox2,4510.10.12,2330.10.1+218
Serbian Orthodox2,4020.10.22,0330.10.2+369
Judaism2,2450.10.51,8600.10.4+385
Other Eastern Orthodox2,1450.10.32,0570.10.3+88
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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
Greater Brisbane - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total1,298,07462.861.11,213,89965.563.9+84,175
Non Christian total107,3305.27.269,8323.85.6+37,498
Non-classifiable religious belief16,9730.80.812,6900.70.7+4,283
No religion471,52522.822.3349,73618.918.7+121,789
Not stated172,1018.38.6206,15711.111.2-34,056

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% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Brisbane: 24.1% Anglican, Greater Brisbane: 17.1% Uniting Church, Greater Brisbane: 6.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Brisbane: 3.2% Christian,nfd, Greater Brisbane: 2.8% Baptist, Greater Brisbane: 2.3% Buddhism, Greater Brisbane: 2.0% Lutheran, Greater Brisbane: 1.7% Pentecostal, Greater Brisbane: 1.6% Islam, Greater Brisbane: 1.2%
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, Greater Brisbane: +44,066 Anglican, Greater Brisbane: +2,349 Uniting Church, Greater Brisbane: -3,825 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Brisbane: +3,574 Christian,nfd, Greater Brisbane: +21,341 Baptist, Greater Brisbane: +6,830 Buddhism, Greater Brisbane: +9,790 Lutheran, Greater Brisbane: +1,243 Pentecostal, Greater Brisbane: +3,038 Islam, Greater Brisbane: +10,164
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 Greater Brisbane in 2011 compared to Australia shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 68.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.8% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Brisbane was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.1% of the population or 497,929 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Greater Brisbane and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.0% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (0.8% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.2% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+44,066 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+21,341 persons)
  • Hinduism (+10,597 persons)
  • Islam (+10,164 persons)
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