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In Greater Hobart, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+18,548) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Greater Hobart'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 Hobart'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 Hobart - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Anglican55,47026.217.160,13129.818.7-4,661
Western (Roman) Catholic42,84820.225.142,51921.125.6+329
Uniting Church7,2223.45.08,3784.25.7-1,156
Christian,nfd4,0521.92.22,9341.51.6+1,118
Presbyterian and Reformed4,0341.92.84,0612.03.0-27
Baptist1,9600.91.61,9181.01.6+42
Pentecostal1,9120.91.11,8600.91.1+52
Buddhism1,8230.92.51,4650.72.1+358
Greek Orthodox1,4650.71.81,5080.71.9-43
Islam1,1520.52.25850.31.7+567
Lutheran9550.51.29960.51.3-41
Hinduism8950.41.34850.20.7+410
Jehova's Witnesses7030.30.47190.40.4-16
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6490.30.36620.30.3-13
Salvation Army6390.30.37650.40.3-126
Seventh Day Adventist4530.20.34380.20.3+15
Churches of Christ3680.20.24480.20.3-80
Other Christian3620.20.13160.20.1+46
Brethren3360.20.13890.20.1-53
Other Protestant3150.10.32880.10.3+27
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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 Hobart - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total124,21858.761.1128,68463.863.9-4,466
Non Christian total5,0912.47.23,5921.85.6+1,499
Non-classifiable religious belief1,9820.90.81,5650.80.7+417
No religion62,15329.422.343,60521.618.7+18,548
Not stated18,2278.68.624,24012.011.2-6,013

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 Anglican, Australia: 17.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 25.1% Uniting Church, Australia: 5.0% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.8% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Anglican, Greater Hobart: 26.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Hobart: 20.2% Uniting Church, Greater Hobart: 3.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Hobart: 1.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Hobart: 1.9% Baptist, Greater Hobart: 0.9% Pentecostal, Greater Hobart: 0.9% Buddhism, Greater Hobart: 0.9% Greek Orthodox, Greater Hobart: 0.7% Islam, Greater Hobart: 0.5%
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 Anglican, Greater Hobart: -4,661 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Hobart: +329 Uniting Church, Greater Hobart: -1,156 Christian,nfd, Greater Hobart: +1,118 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Hobart: -27 Baptist, Greater Hobart: +42 Pentecostal, Greater Hobart: +52 Buddhism, Greater Hobart: +358 Greek Orthodox, Greater Hobart: -43 Islam, Greater Hobart: +567
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 Hobart 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, 61.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.4% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Hobart was Anglican, with 26.2% of the population or 55,470 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (26.2% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (20.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.5% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.9% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-4,661 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,156 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,118 persons)
  • Islam (+567 persons)
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