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In Greater Perth, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+103,304) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Greater Perth'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 Perth'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 Perth - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic422,39324.425.1372,20724.625.6+50,186
Anglican319,21818.517.1305,05020.218.7+14,168
Uniting Church52,4683.05.052,9993.55.7-531
Christian,nfd48,1582.82.231,8032.11.6+16,355
Buddhism42,8882.52.531,7652.12.1+11,123
Presbyterian and Reformed38,8592.22.835,1682.33.0+3,691
Islam36,4292.12.222,1361.51.7+14,293
Baptist32,0001.91.624,7871.61.6+7,213
Pentecostal20,1611.21.114,4661.01.1+5,695
Hinduism19,8421.11.37,6660.50.7+12,176
Greek Orthodox12,8100.71.812,3160.81.9+494
Lutheran9,5030.51.28,7480.61.3+755
Jehova's Witnesses8,1220.50.47,8920.50.4+230
Churches of Christ6,7270.40.26,4150.40.3+312
Judaism5,5920.30.55,1190.30.4+473
Other Protestant5,4040.30.34,8770.30.3+527
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5,1730.30.34,4350.30.3+738
Sikhism4,7590.30.31,3490.10.1+3,410
Macedonian Orthodox4,6160.30.24,2600.30.2+356
Seventh Day Adventist4,2410.20.33,5010.20.3+740
Salvation Army3,9880.20.34,1690.30.3-181
Serbian Orthodox3,6950.20.23,1280.20.2+567
Other Eastern Orthodox3,6380.20.33,4320.20.3+206
Other Christian2,8130.20.11,9280.10.1+885
Other Non-Christian Religions2,0960.10.11,5970.10.1+499
Baha'i2,0630.10.11,7700.10.1+293
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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 Perth - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total1,009,35358.461.1906,04959.963.9+103,304
Non Christian total118,5576.97.275,5835.05.6+42,974
Non-classifiable religious belief15,1890.90.811,3520.80.7+3,837
No religion433,75025.122.3336,23422.218.7+97,516
Not stated152,0428.88.6182,86812.111.2-30,826

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% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Hinduism, Australia: 1.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Perth: 24.4% Anglican, Greater Perth: 18.5% Uniting Church, Greater Perth: 3.0% Christian,nfd, Greater Perth: 2.8% Buddhism, Greater Perth: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Perth: 2.2% Islam, Greater Perth: 2.1% Baptist, Greater Perth: 1.9% Pentecostal, Greater Perth: 1.2% Hinduism, Greater Perth: 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, Greater Perth: +50,186 Anglican, Greater Perth: +14,168 Uniting Church, Greater Perth: -531 Christian,nfd, Greater Perth: +16,355 Buddhism, Greater Perth: +11,123 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Perth: +3,691 Islam, Greater Perth: +14,293 Baptist, Greater Perth: +7,213 Pentecostal, Greater Perth: +5,695 Hinduism, Greater Perth: +12,176
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 Perth 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, 65.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.1% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Perth was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.4% of the population or 422,393 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.5% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (3.0% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (0.7% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+50,186 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+16,355 persons)
  • Islam (+14,293 persons)
  • Anglican (+14,168 persons)
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