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In Greater Perth, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+197,265) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic427,21822.022.3422,39324.425.1+4,825
Anglican268,38113.813.3319,21818.517.1-50,837
Christian,nfd66,0293.42.648,1582.82.2+17,871
Buddhism47,6662.52.442,8882.52.5+4,778
Islam47,3982.42.636,4292.12.2+10,969
Uniting Church39,7542.03.752,4683.05.0-12,714
Hinduism36,6841.91.919,8421.11.3+16,842
Presbyterian and Reformed35,8301.82.338,8592.22.8-3,029
Baptist32,7551.71.532,0001.91.6+755
Pentecostal21,6631.11.120,1611.21.1+1,502
Greek Orthodox12,8130.71.612,8100.71.8+3
Other Protestant12,4380.60.55,4040.30.3+7,034
Sikhism11,4860.60.54,7590.30.3+6,727
Jehova's Witnesses8,0290.40.48,1220.50.4-93
Lutheran5,7230.30.79,5030.51.2-3,780
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5,2910.30.35,1730.30.3+118
Judaism5,1870.30.45,5920.30.5-405
Churches of Christ5,0630.30.26,7270.40.2-1,664
Seventh Day Adventist4,5670.20.34,2410.20.3+326
Macedonian Orthodox4,4010.20.24,6160.30.2-215
Serbian Orthodox3,3990.20.23,6950.20.2-296
Salvation Army3,1980.20.23,9880.20.3-790
Baha'i2,1720.10.12,0630.10.1+109
Other Christian2,1230.10.12,8130.20.1-690
Other Non-Christian Religions2,0260.10.12,0960.10.1-70
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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 Perth - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total966,25749.752.11,009,35358.461.1-43,096
Non Christian total157,0188.18.2118,5576.97.2+38,461
Non-classifiable religious belief12,5090.60.615,1890.90.8-2,680
No religion631,01532.529.9433,75025.122.3+197,265
Not stated177,0439.19.1152,0428.88.6+25,001

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% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Perth: 22.0% Anglican, Greater Perth: 13.8% Christian,nfd, Greater Perth: 3.4% Buddhism, Greater Perth: 2.5% Islam, Greater Perth: 2.4% Uniting Church, Greater Perth: 2.0% Hinduism, Greater Perth: 1.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Perth: 1.8% Baptist, Greater Perth: 1.7% Pentecostal, Greater Perth: 1.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Perth: +4,825 Anglican, Greater Perth: -50,837 Christian,nfd, Greater Perth: +17,871 Buddhism, Greater Perth: +4,778 Islam, Greater Perth: +10,969 Uniting Church, Greater Perth: -12,714 Hinduism, Greater Perth: +16,842 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Perth: -3,029 Baptist, Greater Perth: +755 Pentecostal, Greater Perth: +1,502
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 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, 57.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 32.5% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Perth was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.0% of the population or 427,218 people as adherents.

The major difference between the religious affiliation for the population of Greater Perth and Australia was:

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (2.0% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-50,837 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+17,871 persons)
  • Hinduism (+16,842 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-12,714 persons)
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