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Greater Capital Cities

Religion

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

In Greater Capital Cities, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,480,871) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic3,434,86722.622.33,542,45525.825.1-107,588
Anglican1,674,63111.013.32,037,01114.817.1-362,380
Islam552,0083.62.6435,0943.22.2+116,914
Buddhism483,4053.22.4456,1513.32.5+27,254
Uniting Church429,4592.83.7542,3373.95.0-112,878
Christian,nfd403,5692.72.6289,8262.12.2+113,743
Hinduism396,0692.61.9249,5951.81.3+146,474
Greek Orthodox339,4822.21.6348,7422.51.8-9,260
Presbyterian and Reformed277,8111.82.3315,9902.32.8-38,179
Baptist226,1601.51.5229,4801.71.6-3,320
Pentecostal170,4451.11.1155,0361.11.1+15,409
Sikhism109,3440.70.563,4700.50.3+45,874
Judaism85,3840.60.491,6280.70.5-6,244
Lutheran83,0820.50.7125,3980.91.2-42,316
Other Protestant73,7420.50.540,7160.30.3+33,026
Jehova's Witnesses45,9100.30.448,0540.30.4-2,144
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)44,1740.30.342,6220.30.3+1,552
Macedonian Orthodox40,3580.30.242,5830.30.2-2,225
Maronite Catholic36,0070.20.230,3160.20.1+5,691
Seventh Day Adventist35,6790.20.335,0710.30.3+608
Serbian Orthodox35,5880.20.236,3040.30.2-716
Coptic Orthodox26,9520.20.123,3950.20.1+3,557
Salvation Army24,3070.20.230,4240.20.3-6,117
Other Non-Christian Religions24,0430.20.119,9980.10.1+4,045
Churches of Christ23,4720.20.229,4780.20.2-6,006
Other Eastern Catholic22,9290.20.110,4910.10.1+12,438
Russian Orthodox18,5260.10.118,8600.10.1-334
Other Eastern Orthodox15,2540.10.154,8740.40.3-39,620
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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 Capital Cities - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total7,546,47849.752.18,092,54958.961.1-546,071
Non Christian total1,691,53311.18.21,360,4779.97.2+331,056
Non-classifiable religious belief91,9830.60.6109,0330.80.8-17,050
No religion4,538,74629.929.93,057,87522.222.3+1,480,871
Not stated1,309,9878.69.11,124,0728.28.6+185,915

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% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Capital Cities: 22.6% Anglican, Greater Capital Cities: 11.0% Islam, Greater Capital Cities: 3.6% Buddhism, Greater Capital Cities: 3.2% Uniting Church, Greater Capital Cities: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Greater Capital Cities: 2.7% Hinduism, Greater Capital Cities: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Capital Cities: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Capital Cities: 1.8% Baptist, Greater Capital Cities: 1.5%
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 Capital Cities: -107,588 Anglican, Greater Capital Cities: -362,380 Islam, Greater Capital Cities: +116,914 Buddhism, Greater Capital Cities: +27,254 Uniting Church, Greater Capital Cities: -112,878 Christian,nfd, Greater Capital Cities: +113,743 Hinduism, Greater Capital Cities: +146,474 Greek Orthodox, Greater Capital Cities: -9,260 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Capital Cities: -38,179 Baptist, Greater Capital Cities: -3,320
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 Capital Cities in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.9% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Capital Cities was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.6% of the population or 3,434,867 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (3.6% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (11.0% compared to 13.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-362,380 persons)
  • Hinduism (+146,474 persons)
  • Islam (+116,914 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+113,743 persons)
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