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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 (+1,600) 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%Regional TAS %Number%Regional TAS %2006 to 2011
Anglican4,55821.325.95,05324.528.9-495
Western (Roman) Catholic3,26015.316.23,30916.016.5-49
Uniting Church1,8788.85.92,19310.66.9-315
Christian,nfd8614.02.84662.32.1+395
Baptist6773.22.36913.32.5-14
Presbyterian and Reformed6102.92.86703.23.0-60
Pentecostal3141.51.02611.31.1+53
Salvation Army1060.50.51040.50.5+2
Jehova's Witnesses1010.50.5910.40.6+10
Buddhism1010.50.6700.30.4+31
Seventh Day Adventist930.40.21020.50.2-9
Churches of Christ800.40.31260.60.4-46
Lutheran730.30.4610.30.4+12
Brethren510.20.5720.30.7-21
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)270.10.3220.10.3+5
Other Protestant270.10.2280.10.2-1
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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%Regional TAS %Number%Regional TAS %2006 to 2011
Christian total12,74859.760.413,29264.364.5-544
Non Christian total1910.91.51280.61.1+63
Non-classifiable religious belief1150.50.7920.40.6+23
No religion6,05828.428.14,45821.621.5+1,600
Not stated2,24710.59.32,69413.012.3-447

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, Regional TAS: 25.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional TAS: 16.2% Uniting Church, Regional TAS: 5.9% Christian,nfd, Regional TAS: 2.8% Baptist, Regional TAS: 2.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional TAS: 2.8% Pentecostal, Regional TAS: 1.0% Salvation Army, Regional TAS: 0.5% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional TAS: 0.5% Buddhism, Regional TAS: 0.6% Anglican, Central Coast Council area: 21.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Central Coast Council area: 15.3% Uniting Church, Central Coast Council area: 8.8% Christian,nfd, Central Coast Council area: 4.0% Baptist, Central Coast Council area: 3.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Central Coast Council area: 2.9% Pentecostal, Central Coast Council area: 1.5% Salvation Army, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Jehova's Witnesses, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Buddhism, 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: -495 Western (Roman) Catholic, Central Coast Council area: -49 Uniting Church, Central Coast Council area: -315 Christian,nfd, Central Coast Council area: +395 Baptist, Central Coast Council area: -14 Presbyterian and Reformed, Central Coast Council area: -60 Pentecostal, Central Coast Council area: +53 Salvation Army, Central Coast Council area: +2 Jehova's Witnesses, Central Coast Council area: +10 Buddhism, Central Coast Council area: +31
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 Regional TAS shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 28.4% said they had no religion, compared with 61.9% and 28.1% respectively for Regional TAS.

The largest single religion in the Central Coast Council area was Anglican, with 21.3% of the population or 4,558 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 (8.8% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Christian,nfd (4.0% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (21.3% compared to 25.9%)

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:

  • Anglican (-495 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+395 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-315 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-60 persons)
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