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In South East Queensland, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+157,247) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

South East Queensland'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.

South East Queensland'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
South East Queensland - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic679,75423.525.1636,11923.725.6+43,635
Anglican525,96718.117.1532,58719.918.7-6,620
Uniting Church170,0385.95.0179,8266.75.7-9,788
Presbyterian and Reformed96,8113.32.895,3513.63.0+1,460
Christian,nfd84,3532.92.255,2622.11.6+29,091
Baptist63,3262.21.655,8622.11.6+7,464
Buddhism54,6821.92.541,1231.52.1+13,559
Lutheran48,0551.71.250,4921.91.3-2,437
Pentecostal44,1501.51.142,2871.61.1+1,863
Islam29,8001.02.218,1990.71.7+11,601
Hinduism24,5670.81.312,5890.50.7+11,978
Greek Orthodox20,3090.71.819,2510.71.9+1,058
Jehova's Witnesses16,1020.60.415,8680.60.4+234
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)15,9460.60.313,2150.50.3+2,731
Seventh Day Adventist10,8610.40.39,6010.40.3+1,260
Salvation Army8,7270.30.39,5060.40.3-779
Other Protestant8,2550.30.38,3220.30.3-67
Sikhism8,0140.30.32,0530.10.1+5,961
Other Christian6,3850.20.15,9950.20.1+390
Churches of Christ5,7280.20.27,5010.30.3-1,773
Judaism3,9070.10.53,2560.10.4+651
Serbian Orthodox3,1410.10.22,7060.10.2+435
Russian Orthodox3,0260.10.12,7590.10.1+267
Other Eastern Orthodox2,9670.10.32,7400.10.3+227
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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
South East Queensland - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total1,821,12762.861.11,752,46665.463.9+68,661
Non Christian total133,9754.67.288,5213.35.6+45,454
Non-classifiable religious belief25,0220.90.818,8100.70.7+6,212
No religion669,61023.122.3512,36319.118.7+157,247
Not stated248,2118.68.6308,37311.511.2-60,162

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% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, South East Queensland: 23.5% Anglican, South East Queensland: 18.1% Uniting Church, South East Queensland: 5.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, South East Queensland: 3.3% Christian,nfd, South East Queensland: 2.9% Baptist, South East Queensland: 2.2% Buddhism, South East Queensland: 1.9% Lutheran, South East Queensland: 1.7% Pentecostal, South East Queensland: 1.5% Islam, South East Queensland: 1.0%
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, South East Queensland: +43,635 Anglican, South East Queensland: -6,620 Uniting Church, South East Queensland: -9,788 Presbyterian and Reformed, South East Queensland: +1,460 Christian,nfd, South East Queensland: +29,091 Baptist, South East Queensland: +7,464 Buddhism, South East Queensland: +13,559 Lutheran, South East Queensland: -2,437 Pentecostal, South East Queensland: +1,863 Islam, South East Queensland: +11,601
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 South East Queensland 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, 67.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.1% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in South East Queensland was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.5% of the population or 679,754 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of South East Queensland and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.1% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.5% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.0% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (0.7% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in South East Queensland between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+43,635 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+29,091 persons)
  • Buddhism (+13,559 persons)
  • Hinduism (+11,978 persons)
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