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In Brisbane LGA, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+112,564) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Brisbane LGA'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.

Brisbane LGA'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
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112001Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic274,05926.324.1244,21128.025.5+29,848
Anglican154,61214.817.1170,11619.521.2-15,504
Uniting Church57,9005.66.067,8277.88.2-9,927
Buddhism30,7703.02.020,3842.31.5+10,386
Presbyterian and Reformed30,6782.93.232,2683.73.9-1,590
Christian,nfd24,1642.32.813,0331.51.7+11,131
Baptist21,6832.12.318,1952.12.3+3,488
Islam18,1311.71.27,7540.90.6+10,377
Hinduism16,3461.61.05,1980.60.4+11,148
Pentecostal14,0611.31.611,5661.31.6+2,495
Lutheran12,3711.21.711,8561.41.9+515
Greek Orthodox12,2381.20.811,1121.30.8+1,126
Sikhism6,0710.60.31,0130.10.1+5,058
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)3,9420.40.63,0000.30.5+942
Jehova's Witnesses3,6350.30.53,3900.40.6+245
Other Protestant3,0070.30.32,4690.30.3+538
Seventh Day Adventist2,9380.30.42,5640.30.4+374
Salvation Army2,4060.20.32,9870.30.5-581
Other Christian1,7080.20.21,5870.20.3+121
Russian Orthodox1,7050.20.11,5220.20.1+183
Judaism1,6380.20.11,3070.20.1+331
Serbian Orthodox1,6030.20.11,6160.20.1-13
Churches of Christ1,4220.10.21,7420.20.3-320
Other Eastern Orthodox1,2900.10.11,0350.10.1+255
Brethren1,0570.10.11,3560.20.1-299
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 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
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112001Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2011
Christian total628,66060.362.8604,98669.570.5+23,674
Non Christian total77,6007.45.239,5074.53.2+38,093
Non-classifiable religious belief9,4780.90.817,6192.01.9-8,141
No religion242,91423.322.8130,35015.015.1+112,564
Not stated83,1568.08.378,2929.09.3+4,864

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Brisbane: 24.1% Anglican, Greater Brisbane: 17.1% Uniting Church, Greater Brisbane: 6.0% Buddhism, Greater Brisbane: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Brisbane: 3.2% Christian,nfd, Greater Brisbane: 2.8% Baptist, Greater Brisbane: 2.3% Islam, Greater Brisbane: 1.2% Hinduism, Greater Brisbane: 1.0% Pentecostal, Greater Brisbane: 1.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Brisbane LGA: 26.3% Anglican, Brisbane LGA: 14.8% Uniting Church, Brisbane LGA: 5.6% Buddhism, Brisbane LGA: 3.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Brisbane LGA: 2.9% Christian,nfd, Brisbane LGA: 2.3% Baptist, Brisbane LGA: 2.1% Islam, Brisbane LGA: 1.7% Hinduism, Brisbane LGA: 1.6% Pentecostal, Brisbane LGA: 1.3%
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, 2001 to 2011
Change in religion, 2001 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Brisbane LGA: +29,848 Anglican, Brisbane LGA: -15,504 Uniting Church, Brisbane LGA: -9,927 Buddhism, Brisbane LGA: +10,386 Presbyterian and Reformed, Brisbane LGA: -1,590 Christian,nfd, Brisbane LGA: +11,131 Baptist, Brisbane LGA: +3,488 Islam, Brisbane LGA: +10,377 Hinduism, Brisbane LGA: +11,148 Pentecostal, Brisbane LGA: +2,495
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 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 Brisbane LGA in 2011 compared to Greater Brisbane 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, 67.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.3% said they had no religion, compared with 68.0% and 22.8% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

The largest single religion in Brisbane LGA was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.3% of the population or 274,059 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Brisbane LGA and Greater Brisbane were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.3% compared to 24.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (14.8% compared to 17.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Brisbane LGA between 2001 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+29,848 persons)
  • Anglican (-15,504 persons)
  • Hinduism (+11,148 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+11,131 persons)
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