Central Coast TASCommunity profile
census-message-logo

We’re continuing to update these pages with data from the 2016 Census. Read more about our updates.

Skip to content

Central Coast Council area

Religion

census-message-logo

This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In the Central Coast Council area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,710) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

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)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional TAS %Number%Regional TAS %2011 to 2016
Anglican3,92718.420.84,55821.325.9-631
Western (Roman) Catholic3,02314.214.53,26015.316.2-237
Uniting Church1,5877.44.81,8788.85.9-291
Christian,nfd7313.43.08614.02.8-130
Baptist6232.92.06773.22.3-54
Presbyterian and Reformed5472.62.46102.92.8-63
Pentecostal4202.01.23141.51.0+106
Seventh Day Adventist1070.50.2930.40.2+14
Buddhism1030.50.71010.50.6+2
Jehova's Witnesses960.40.51010.50.5-5
Salvation Army710.30.41060.50.5-35
Lutheran640.30.3730.30.4-9
Other Protestant630.30.5270.10.2+36
Churches of Christ470.20.2800.40.3-33
Brethren300.10.4510.20.5-21
Hinduism260.10.3120.10.3+14
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)250.10.3270.10.3-2
Paganism180.10.1190.10.1-1
Islam120.10.3110.10.2+1
Other Christian110.10.140.00.1+7
Show me more!

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
Central Coast Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional TAS %Number%Regional TAS %2011 to 2016
Christian total11,39153.351.712,74859.760.4-1,357
Non Christian total1970.91.81910.91.5+6
Non-classifiable religious belief1170.50.61150.50.7+2
No religion7,76836.436.36,05828.428.1+1,710
Not stated1,8758.89.52,24710.59.3-372

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 Anglican, Regional TAS: 20.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional TAS: 14.5% Uniting Church, Regional TAS: 4.8% Christian,nfd, Regional TAS: 3.0% Baptist, Regional TAS: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional TAS: 2.4% Pentecostal, Regional TAS: 1.2% Seventh Day Adventist, Regional TAS: 0.2% Buddhism, Regional TAS: 0.7% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional TAS: 0.5% Anglican, Central Coast Council area: 18.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Central Coast Council area: 14.2% Uniting Church, Central Coast Council area: 7.4% Christian,nfd, Central Coast Council area: 3.4% Baptist, Central Coast Council area: 2.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Central Coast Council area: 2.6% Pentecostal, Central Coast Council area: 2.0% Seventh Day Adventist, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Buddhism, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Jehova's Witnesses, Central Coast Council area: 0.4%
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 Anglican, Central Coast Council area: -631 Western (Roman) Catholic, Central Coast Council area: -237 Uniting Church, Central Coast Council area: -291 Christian,nfd, Central Coast Council area: -130 Baptist, Central Coast Council area: -54 Presbyterian and Reformed, Central Coast Council area: -63 Pentecostal, Central Coast Council area: +106 Seventh Day Adventist, Central Coast Council area: +14 Buddhism, Central Coast Council area: +2 Jehova's Witnesses, Central Coast Council area: -5
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 the Central Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Regional TAS shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 54.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 36.4% said they had no religion, compared with 53.5% and 36.3% respectively for Regional TAS.

The largest single religion in the Central Coast Council area was Anglican, with 18.4% of the population or 3,927 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (7.4% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (18.4% compared to 20.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Central Coast Council area between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-631 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-291 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-237 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (-130 persons)
v17.12.12-1.0.0