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In Greater Hobart, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+27,453) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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 Hobart - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Anglican43,97919.813.355,47026.217.1-11,491
Western (Roman) Catholic37,86117.022.342,84820.225.1-4,987
Uniting Church5,6562.53.77,2223.45.0-1,566
Christian,nfd4,2261.92.64,0521.92.2+174
Presbyterian and Reformed3,3911.52.34,0341.92.8-643
Buddhism2,0320.92.41,8230.92.5+209
Pentecostal2,0210.91.11,9120.91.1+109
Baptist1,6980.81.51,9600.91.6-262
Hinduism1,6270.71.98950.41.3+732
Islam1,5490.72.61,1520.52.2+397
Greek Orthodox1,5020.71.61,4650.71.8+37
Other Protestant8250.40.53150.10.3+510
Jehova's Witnesses6250.30.47030.30.4-78
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6220.30.36490.30.3-27
Lutheran6050.30.79550.51.2-350
Salvation Army5080.20.26390.30.3-131
Seventh Day Adventist3870.20.34530.20.3-66
Sikhism3820.20.51570.10.3+225
Other Christian3020.10.13620.20.1-60
Churches of Christ2840.10.23680.20.2-84
Brethren2740.10.13360.20.1-62
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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 Hobart - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total105,11747.352.1124,21858.761.1-19,101
Non Christian total6,5212.98.25,0912.47.2+1,430
Non-classifiable religious belief1,4850.70.61,9820.90.8-497
No religion89,60640.329.962,15329.422.3+27,453
Not stated19,6148.89.118,2278.68.6+1,387

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 Anglican, Australia: 13.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 22.3% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Anglican, Greater Hobart: 19.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Hobart: 17.0% Uniting Church, Greater Hobart: 2.5% Christian,nfd, Greater Hobart: 1.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Hobart: 1.5% Buddhism, Greater Hobart: 0.9% Pentecostal, Greater Hobart: 0.9% Baptist, Greater Hobart: 0.8% Hinduism, Greater Hobart: 0.7% Islam, Greater Hobart: 0.7%
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 Anglican, Greater Hobart: -11,491 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Hobart: -4,987 Uniting Church, Greater Hobart: -1,566 Christian,nfd, Greater Hobart: +174 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Hobart: -643 Buddhism, Greater Hobart: +209 Pentecostal, Greater Hobart: +109 Baptist, Greater Hobart: -262 Hinduism, Greater Hobart: +732 Islam, Greater Hobart: +397
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 Hobart 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, 50.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 40.3% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Hobart was Anglican, with 19.8% of the population or 43,979 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 (19.8% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (17.0% compared to 22.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.7% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.9% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-11,491 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-4,987 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,566 persons)
  • Hinduism (+732 persons)
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