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In Broken Hill City, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-1,181) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

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)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic4,66025.226.24,92225.426.6-262
Anglican2,47013.326.62,77414.328.2-304
Uniting Church2,31312.55.82,74314.26.6-430
Christian,nfd2551.41.91830.91.4+72
Salvation Army2371.30.42701.40.5-33
Baptist2251.21.42721.41.4-47
Presbyterian and Reformed2181.24.22841.54.6-66
Lutheran2081.10.62381.20.7-30
Pentecostal940.50.91510.80.9-57
Buddhism900.50.8450.20.6+45
Greek Orthodox750.40.5750.40.50
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)650.40.2690.40.2-4
Churches of Christ460.20.1380.20.1+8
Seventh Day Adventist390.20.5490.30.5-10
Jehova's Witnesses380.20.4520.30.4-14
Hinduism310.20.3130.10.2+18
Islam270.10.4220.10.3+5
Other Protestant250.10.2200.10.2+5
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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
Broken Hill City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Christian total10,98559.371.012,16662.873.9-1,181
Non Christian total1981.12.11190.61.5+79
Non-classifiable religious belief1290.70.8780.40.6+51
No religion4,94626.718.44,37622.614.5+570
Not stated2,25912.27.82,62413.69.5-365

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, Regional NSW: 26.2% Anglican, Regional NSW: 26.6% Uniting Church, Regional NSW: 5.8% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 1.9% Salvation Army, Regional NSW: 0.4% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NSW: 4.2% Lutheran, Regional NSW: 0.6% Pentecostal, Regional NSW: 0.9% Buddhism, Regional NSW: 0.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Broken Hill City: 25.2% Anglican, Broken Hill City: 13.3% Uniting Church, Broken Hill City: 12.5% Christian,nfd, Broken Hill City: 1.4% Salvation Army, Broken Hill City: 1.3% Baptist, Broken Hill City: 1.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Broken Hill City: 1.2% Lutheran, Broken Hill City: 1.1% Pentecostal, Broken Hill City: 0.5% Buddhism, Broken Hill City: 0.5%
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, Broken Hill City: -262 Anglican, Broken Hill City: -304 Uniting Church, Broken Hill City: -430 Christian,nfd, Broken Hill City: +72 Salvation Army, Broken Hill City: -33 Baptist, Broken Hill City: -47 Presbyterian and Reformed, Broken Hill City: -66 Lutheran, Broken Hill City: -30 Pentecostal, Broken Hill City: -57 Buddhism, Broken Hill City: +45
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 Broken Hill City in 2011 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, 60.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 26.7% said they had no religion, compared with 73.0% and 18.4% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in Broken Hill City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.2% of the population or 4,660 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 (12.5% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (13.3% compared to 26.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (1.2% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (25.2% compared to 26.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Broken Hill City between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Uniting Church (-430 persons)
  • Anglican (-304 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-262 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+72 persons)
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