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In Greater Capital Cities, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+708,426) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Greater Capital Cities'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 Capital Cities'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 Capital Cities - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic3,542,45525.825.13,338,03726.525.6+204,418
Anglican2,037,01114.817.12,073,91116.518.7-36,900
Uniting Church542,3373.95.0579,6274.65.7-37,290
Buddhism456,1513.32.5369,4862.92.1+86,665
Islam435,0943.22.2312,4892.51.7+122,605
Greek Orthodox348,7422.51.8340,4992.71.9+8,243
Presbyterian and Reformed315,9902.32.8310,7292.53.0+5,261
Christian,nfd289,8262.12.2194,6711.51.6+95,155
Hinduism249,5951.81.3134,8861.10.7+114,709
Baptist229,4801.71.6204,8401.61.6+24,640
Pentecostal155,0361.11.1138,9991.11.1+16,037
Lutheran125,3980.91.2125,7451.01.3-347
Judaism91,6280.70.583,9030.70.4+7,725
Sikhism63,4700.50.322,5860.20.1+40,884
Other Eastern Orthodox54,8740.40.352,7020.40.3+2,172
Jehova's Witnesses48,0540.30.445,8500.40.4+2,204
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)42,6220.30.338,2990.30.3+4,323
Macedonian Orthodox42,5830.30.239,6520.30.2+2,931
Other Protestant40,7160.30.337,2610.30.3+3,455
Serbian Orthodox36,3040.30.234,7820.30.2+1,522
Seventh Day Adventist35,0710.30.330,4480.20.3+4,623
Salvation Army30,4240.20.332,4230.30.3-1,999
Maronite Catholic30,3160.20.128,7850.20.1+1,531
Churches of Christ29,4780.20.232,3560.30.3-2,878
Coptic Orthodox23,3950.20.119,0690.20.1+4,326
Other Non-Christian Religions19,9980.10.115,8190.10.1+4,179
Russian Orthodox18,8600.10.116,9230.10.1+1,937
Other Christian18,6860.10.116,3350.10.1+2,351
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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 Capital Cities - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total8,092,54958.961.17,782,25661.863.9+310,293
Non Christian total1,360,4779.97.2979,7827.85.6+380,695
Non-classifiable religious belief109,0330.80.885,3750.70.7+23,658
No religion3,057,87522.222.32,349,44918.718.7+708,426
Not stated1,124,0728.28.61,397,38211.111.2-273,310

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% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Hinduism, Australia: 1.3% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Capital Cities: 25.8% Anglican, Greater Capital Cities: 14.8% Uniting Church, Greater Capital Cities: 3.9% Buddhism, Greater Capital Cities: 3.3% Islam, Greater Capital Cities: 3.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Capital Cities: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Capital Cities: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Greater Capital Cities: 2.1% Hinduism, Greater Capital Cities: 1.8% Baptist, Greater Capital Cities: 1.7%
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 Capital Cities: +204,418 Anglican, Greater Capital Cities: -36,900 Uniting Church, Greater Capital Cities: -37,290 Buddhism, Greater Capital Cities: +86,665 Islam, Greater Capital Cities: +122,605 Greek Orthodox, Greater Capital Cities: +8,243 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Capital Cities: +5,261 Christian,nfd, Greater Capital Cities: +95,155 Hinduism, Greater Capital Cities: +114,709 Baptist, Greater Capital Cities: +24,640
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 Capital Cities in 2011 compared to Australia shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 68.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.2% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Capital Cities was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.8% of the population or 3,542,455 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (14.8% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (3.9% compared to 5.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+204,418 persons)
  • Islam (+122,605 persons)
  • Hinduism (+114,709 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+95,155 persons)
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