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Central Coast Council area

Religion

In the Central Coast Council area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+14,095) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

The Central Coast Council area'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.

The Central Coast Council area'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
Central Coast Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Anglican88,91628.516.189,71530.117.9-799
Western (Roman) Catholic82,63026.527.578,64326.428.3+3,987
Uniting Church13,0894.22.814,3904.83.4-1,301
Presbyterian and Reformed9,9193.22.410,4653.52.6-546
Christian,nfd7,0962.31.74,7021.61.3+2,394
Baptist5,8561.91.55,6981.91.5+158
Pentecostal3,0091.01.13,2401.11.1-231
Buddhism2,7400.94.11,6450.63.7+1,095
Other Protestant1,5400.50.31,3440.50.3+196
Seventh Day Adventist1,5230.50.31,3230.40.3+200
Jehova's Witnesses1,4410.50.31,3390.40.3+102
Greek Orthodox1,4330.52.71,4290.52.9+4
Lutheran1,2380.40.41,2000.40.5+38
Salvation Army1,0200.30.21,0730.40.2-53
Islam9690.34.78060.33.9+163
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)8670.30.37980.30.3+69
Hinduism7190.22.65150.21.7+204
Churches of Christ4680.10.15480.20.1-80
Judaism3640.10.93350.10.9+29
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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
Central Coast Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total221,52371.060.9217,26372.964.0+4,260
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5,9131.913.24,2331.410.9+1,680
Non-classifiable religious belief
2,2390.70.61,5860.50.6+653
map this data in atlas.idNo religion58,75418.817.644,65915.014.1+14,095
Not stated
23,7567.67.630,20510.110.4-6,449

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 Anglican, Greater Sydney: 16.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Sydney: 27.5% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Other Protestant, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Seventh Day Adventist, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Anglican, Central Coast Council area: 28.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Central Coast Council area: 26.5% Uniting Church, Central Coast Council area: 4.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Central Coast Council area: 3.2% Christian,nfd, Central Coast Council area: 2.3% Baptist, Central Coast Council area: 1.9% Pentecostal, Central Coast Council area: 1.0% Buddhism, Central Coast Council area: 0.9% Other Protestant, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Seventh Day Adventist, Central Coast Council area: 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 Anglican, Central Coast Council area: -799 Western (Roman) Catholic, Central Coast Council area: +3,987 Uniting Church, Central Coast Council area: -1,301 Presbyterian and Reformed, Central Coast Council area: -546 Christian,nfd, Central Coast Council area: +2,394 Baptist, Central Coast Council area: +158 Pentecostal, Central Coast Council area: -231 Buddhism, Central Coast Council area: +1,095 Other Protestant, Central Coast Council area: +196 Seventh Day Adventist, Central Coast Council area: +200
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 the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 72.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 18.8% said they had no religion, compared with 74.1% and 17.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in the Central Coast Council area was Anglican, with 28.5% of the population or 88,916 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Central Coast Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (28.5% compared to 16.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.3% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.9% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.2% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+3,987 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+2,394 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,301 persons)
  • Buddhism (+1,095 persons)
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