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In Greater Adelaide, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+64,672) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Greater Adelaide'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 Adelaide'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 Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic260,47521.325.1250,92721.725.6+9,548
Anglican154,69912.617.1161,64414.018.7-6,945
Uniting Church92,9137.65.099,1478.65.7-6,234
Lutheran38,5303.11.238,3043.31.3+226
Greek Orthodox34,1192.81.833,9772.91.9+142
Christian,nfd28,5402.32.218,7491.61.6+9,791
Buddhism27,1462.22.522,2071.92.1+4,939
Baptist22,6391.81.621,9581.91.6+681
Islam18,3971.52.29,7360.81.7+8,661
Pentecostal15,0491.21.115,7941.41.1-745
Hinduism13,0721.11.34,9210.40.7+8,151
Presbyterian and Reformed13,0571.12.813,5081.23.0-451
Jehova's Witnesses4,6350.40.44,7400.40.4-105
Sikhism4,5980.40.38020.10.1+3,796
Churches of Christ4,2630.30.25,1240.40.3-861
Serbian Orthodox3,5560.30.23,6400.30.2-84
Salvation Army3,4640.30.33,6290.30.3-165
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2,7920.20.32,8260.20.3-34
Other Eastern Orthodox2,7820.20.32,7950.20.3-13
Other Protestant2,4970.20.32,3300.20.3+167
Christadelphian2,4390.20.02,4130.20.1+26
Seventh Day Adventist1,9630.20.31,7250.10.3+238
Other Non-Christian Religions1,5580.10.11,5990.10.1-41
Other Christian1,4820.10.11,2370.10.1+245
Baha'i1,4110.10.11,4260.10.1-15
Russian Orthodox1,3040.10.11,1590.10.1+145
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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 Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total694,57656.761.1688,53159.563.9+6,045
Non Christian total70,7555.87.245,5713.95.6+25,184
Non-classifiable religious belief11,1050.90.88,5550.70.7+2,550
No religion344,20128.122.3279,52924.218.7+64,672
Not stated104,6058.58.6134,96111.711.2-30,356

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% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Adelaide: 21.3% Anglican, Greater Adelaide: 12.6% Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: 7.6% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 3.1% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.3% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.8% Islam, Greater Adelaide: 1.5% Pentecostal, Greater Adelaide: 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 Adelaide: +9,548 Anglican, Greater Adelaide: -6,945 Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: -6,234 Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: +226 Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: +142 Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: +9,791 Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: +4,939 Baptist, Greater Adelaide: +681 Islam, Greater Adelaide: +8,661 Pentecostal, Greater Adelaide: -745
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 Adelaide 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, 62.5% 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 Greater Adelaide was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.3% of the population or 260,475 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (7.6% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (3.1% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (12.6% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (21.3% compared to 25.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Christian,nfd (+9,791 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+9,548 persons)
  • Islam (+8,661 persons)
  • Hinduism (+8,151 persons)
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