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In Greater Darwin, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+5,968) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Greater Darwin'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 Darwin'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 Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic27,76923.025.124,51623.125.6+3,253
Anglican14,41512.017.114,03013.218.7+385
Uniting Church5,5984.65.05,7725.45.7-174
Greek Orthodox3,4642.91.82,9472.81.9+517
Buddhism2,9862.52.52,2952.22.1+691
Christian,nfd2,5402.12.21,5081.41.6+1,032
Presbyterian and Reformed2,1451.82.81,9131.83.0+232
Baptist1,7721.51.61,4731.41.6+299
Lutheran1,6481.41.21,5551.51.3+93
Islam1,3521.12.28950.81.7+457
Hinduism1,3001.11.34030.40.7+897
Pentecostal1,0270.91.11,0621.01.1-35
Other Protestant5030.40.34250.40.3+78
Jehova's Witnesses4330.40.43940.40.4+39
Salvation Army3320.30.33120.30.3+20
Seventh Day Adventist3280.30.31870.20.3+141
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2960.20.32390.20.3+57
Sikhism1950.20.3300.00.1+165
Other Christian1300.10.1800.10.1+50
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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 Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total62,67952.061.156,71153.563.9+5,968
Non Christian total6,4805.47.24,2284.05.6+2,252
Non-classifiable religious belief1,2531.00.88860.80.7+367
No religion32,06326.622.326,65425.118.7+5,409
Not stated18,13215.08.617,52616.511.2+606

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% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.8% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Darwin: 23.0% Anglican, Greater Darwin: 12.0% Uniting Church, Greater Darwin: 4.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Darwin: 2.9% Buddhism, Greater Darwin: 2.5% Christian,nfd, Greater Darwin: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Darwin: 1.8% Baptist, Greater Darwin: 1.5% Lutheran, Greater Darwin: 1.4% Islam, Greater Darwin: 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 Darwin: +3,253 Anglican, Greater Darwin: +385 Uniting Church, Greater Darwin: -174 Greek Orthodox, Greater Darwin: +517 Buddhism, Greater Darwin: +691 Christian,nfd, Greater Darwin: +1,032 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Darwin: +232 Baptist, Greater Darwin: +299 Lutheran, Greater Darwin: +93 Islam, Greater Darwin: +457
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 Darwin 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, 57.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 26.6% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Darwin was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.0% of the population or 27,769 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (2.9% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (12.0% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.0% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.1% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+3,253 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,032 persons)
  • Hinduism (+897 persons)
  • Buddhism (+691 persons)
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