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In Broken Hill City, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-1,593) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

Broken Hill City'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.

Broken Hill City'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
Broken Hill City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic4,09623.123.84,66025.226.2-564
Anglican2,17612.321.92,47013.326.6-294
Uniting Church1,6369.24.52,31312.55.8-677
Christian,nfd2931.72.22551.41.9+38
Baptist1971.11.32251.21.4-28
Salvation Army1901.10.32371.30.4-47
Presbyterian and Reformed1781.03.52181.24.2-40
Lutheran1680.90.42081.10.6-40
Other Protestant1660.90.3250.10.2+141
Buddhism900.50.8900.50.80
Pentecostal810.50.9940.50.9-13
Greek Orthodox500.30.4750.40.5-25
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)490.30.1650.40.2-16
Hinduism450.30.4310.20.3+14
Islam400.20.5270.10.4+13
Churches of Christ300.20.1460.20.1-16
Seventh Day Adventist300.20.4390.20.5-9
Jehova's Witnesses280.20.4380.20.4-10
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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
Broken Hill City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Christian total9,39253.061.510,98559.371.0-1,593
Non Christian total2331.32.31981.12.1+35
Non-classifiable religious belief690.40.61290.70.8-60
No religion6,26935.426.34,94626.718.4+1,323
Not stated1,7329.89.32,25912.27.8-527

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, Regional NSW: 23.8% Anglican, Regional NSW: 21.9% Uniting Church, Regional NSW: 4.5% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 2.2% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.3% Salvation Army, Regional NSW: 0.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NSW: 3.5% Lutheran, Regional NSW: 0.4% Other Protestant, Regional NSW: 0.3% Buddhism, Regional NSW: 0.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Broken Hill City: 23.1% Anglican, Broken Hill City: 12.3% Uniting Church, Broken Hill City: 9.2% Christian,nfd, Broken Hill City: 1.7% Baptist, Broken Hill City: 1.1% Salvation Army, Broken Hill City: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Broken Hill City: 1.0% Lutheran, Broken Hill City: 0.9% Other Protestant, Broken Hill City: 0.9% Buddhism, Broken Hill City: 0.5%
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, Broken Hill City: -564 Anglican, Broken Hill City: -294 Uniting Church, Broken Hill City: -677 Christian,nfd, Broken Hill City: +38 Baptist, Broken Hill City: -28 Salvation Army, Broken Hill City: -47 Presbyterian and Reformed, Broken Hill City: -40 Lutheran, Broken Hill City: -40 Other Protestant, Broken Hill City: +141 Buddhism, Broken Hill City: 0
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 Broken Hill City in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 54.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 35.4% said they had no religion, compared with 63.9% and 26.3% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in Broken Hill City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.1% of the population or 4,096 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Broken Hill City and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (9.2% compared to 4.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (12.3% compared to 21.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (1.0% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Broken Hill City between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Uniting Church (-677 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-564 persons)
  • Anglican (-294 persons)
  • Other Protestant (+141 persons)
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