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In Greater Adelaide, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+121,138) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Greater Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic244,40018.922.3260,47521.325.1-16,075
Uniting Church75,0095.83.792,9137.65.0-17,904
Greek Orthodox32,5602.51.634,1192.81.8-1,559
Presbyterian and Reformed11,4030.92.313,0571.12.8-1,654
Other Protestant5,2960.40.52,4970.20.3+2,799
Jehova's Witnesses4,3080.30.44,6350.40.4-327
Churches of Christ3,4060.30.24,2630.30.2-857
Serbian Orthodox3,3820.30.23,5560.30.2-174
Salvation Army2,7850.20.23,4640.30.3-679
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2,5840.20.32,7920.20.3-208
Seventh Day Adventist2,0550.20.31,9630.20.3+92
Other Non-Christian Religions1,8390.10.11,5580.10.1+281
Russian Orthodox1,2340.10.11,3040.10.1-70
Other Eastern Catholic1,1590.10.14280.00.1+731
Other Christian1,0120.10.11,4820.10.1-470
Other Eastern Orthodox9380.10.12,7820.20.3-1,844
Other Oriental Orthodox8760.10.14660.00.0+410
Coptic Orthodox7450.10.15380.00.1+207
Macedonian Orthodox4870.00.25750.00.2-88
Maronite Catholic4570.00.24740.00.1-17
Other Nature Religions3940.00.06000.00.0-206
Chinese and Japanese Religions3240.00.02660.00.0+58
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions1790.00.01360.00.0+43
Armenian Apostolic720.00.0690.00.0+3
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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
Greater Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total624,15748.252.1694,57656.761.1-70,419
Non Christian total93,3147.28.270,7555.87.2+22,559
Non-classifiable religious belief8,7750.70.611,1050.90.8-2,330
No religion465,33935.929.9344,20128.122.3+121,138
Not stated104,1258.09.1104,6058.58.6-480

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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 22.3% Anglican, Australia: 13.3% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.6% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Lutheran, Australia: 0.7% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Adelaide: 18.9% Anglican, Greater Adelaide: 9.8% Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: 5.8% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.5% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Islam, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Hinduism, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Adelaide: -16,075 Anglican, Greater Adelaide: -27,743 Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: -17,904 Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: +7,585 Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: -1,559 Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: +1,731 Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: -11,328 Islam, Greater Adelaide: +8,724 Hinduism, Greater Adelaide: +9,093 Baptist, Greater Adelaide: -688
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Greater Adelaide 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, 55.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 35.9% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Adelaide was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 18.9% of the population or 244,400 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 (5.8% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (18.9% compared to 22.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (9.8% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (0.9% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-27,743 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-17,904 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-16,075 persons)
  • Lutheran (-11,328 persons)