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In Greater Darwin, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+13,184) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2016.

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)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic29,34021.422.327,76923.025.1+1,571
Anglican11,8638.713.314,41512.017.1-2,552
Uniting Church4,4203.23.75,5984.65.0-1,178
Greek Orthodox3,9602.91.63,4642.91.8+496
Buddhism3,7642.82.42,9862.52.5+778
Christian,nfd3,0692.22.62,5402.12.2+529
Hinduism3,0072.21.91,3001.11.3+1,707
Islam2,0241.52.61,3521.12.2+672
Baptist1,7911.31.51,7721.51.6+19
Presbyterian and Reformed1,7431.32.32,1451.82.8-402
Pentecostal1,5151.11.11,0270.91.1+488
Lutheran9960.70.71,6481.41.2-652
Other Protestant6930.50.55030.40.3+190
Sikhism4400.30.51950.20.3+245
Jehova's Witnesses4310.30.44330.40.4-2
Seventh Day Adventist3810.30.33280.30.3+53
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)3080.20.32960.20.3+12
Salvation Army2380.20.23320.30.3-94
Other Eastern Catholic1720.10.130.00.1+169
Churches of Christ1440.10.21050.10.2+39
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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 Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total61,35944.852.162,67952.061.1-1,320
Non Christian total9,8767.28.26,4805.47.2+3,396
Non-classifiable religious belief1,1130.80.61,2531.00.8-140
No religion45,24733.129.932,06326.622.3+13,184
Not stated19,25414.19.118,13215.08.6+1,122

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% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.6% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Darwin: 21.4% Anglican, Greater Darwin: 8.7% Uniting Church, Greater Darwin: 3.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Darwin: 2.9% Buddhism, Greater Darwin: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Greater Darwin: 2.2% Hinduism, Greater Darwin: 2.2% Islam, Greater Darwin: 1.5% Baptist, Greater Darwin: 1.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Darwin: 1.3%
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 Darwin: +1,571 Anglican, Greater Darwin: -2,552 Uniting Church, Greater Darwin: -1,178 Greek Orthodox, Greater Darwin: +496 Buddhism, Greater Darwin: +778 Christian,nfd, Greater Darwin: +529 Hinduism, Greater Darwin: +1,707 Islam, Greater Darwin: +672 Baptist, Greater Darwin: +19 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Darwin: -402
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 Darwin 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, 52.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 33.1% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Darwin was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.4% of the population or 29,340 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 1.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (8.7% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.5% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-2,552 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,707 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,571 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,178 persons)
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