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In the City of Charles Sturt, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+4,312) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

The City of Charles Sturt'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 City of Charles Sturt'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
City of Charles Sturt - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic31,24629.821.330,46730.321.7+779
Anglican10,3129.812.611,00710.914.0-695
Uniting Church7,1446.87.67,7887.78.6-644
Greek Orthodox6,6546.32.86,5366.52.9+118
Buddhism3,0632.92.22,7392.71.9+324
Lutheran2,1782.13.12,3002.33.3-122
Islam2,0281.91.51,2401.20.8+788
Baptist1,6261.51.81,6641.71.9-38
Christian,nfd1,5561.52.31,1651.21.6+391
Serbian Orthodox1,2101.20.31,2331.20.3-23
Pentecostal1,1711.11.21,1811.21.4-10
Hinduism1,0041.01.13170.30.4+687
Presbyterian and Reformed8580.81.19951.01.2-137
Sikhism7360.70.4330.00.1+703
Other Eastern Orthodox6530.60.26820.70.2-29
Jehova's Witnesses3610.30.43260.30.4+35
Churches of Christ2860.30.33490.30.4-63
Macedonian Orthodox2090.20.01870.20.0+22
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1810.20.22140.20.2-33
Russian Orthodox1800.20.12010.20.1-21
Salvation Army1800.20.32190.20.3-39
Other Protestant1780.20.21710.20.2+7
Other Oriental Orthodox1270.10.0380.00.0+89
Other Eastern Catholic1160.10.01530.20.0-37
Other Non-Christian Religions1120.10.1890.10.1+23
Seventh Day Adventist1070.10.2590.10.1+48
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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
City of Charles Sturt - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total66,80563.656.767,11666.859.5-311
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total7,3397.05.84,8194.83.9+2,520
Non-classifiable religious belief
7710.70.96600.70.7+111
map this data in atlas.idNo religion22,20521.228.117,89317.824.2+4,312
Not stated
7,8637.58.510,04810.011.7-2,185

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, Greater Adelaide: 21.3% Anglican, Greater Adelaide: 12.6% Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: 7.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 3.1% Islam, Greater Adelaide: 1.5% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.8% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.3% Serbian Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Charles Sturt: 29.8% Anglican, City of Charles Sturt: 9.8% Uniting Church, City of Charles Sturt: 6.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: 6.3% Buddhism, City of Charles Sturt: 2.9% Lutheran, City of Charles Sturt: 2.1% Islam, City of Charles Sturt: 1.9% Baptist, City of Charles Sturt: 1.5% Christian,nfd, City of Charles Sturt: 1.5% Serbian Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: 1.2%
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, City of Charles Sturt: +779 Anglican, City of Charles Sturt: -695 Uniting Church, City of Charles Sturt: -644 Greek Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: +118 Buddhism, City of Charles Sturt: +324 Lutheran, City of Charles Sturt: -122 Islam, City of Charles Sturt: +788 Baptist, City of Charles Sturt: -38 Christian,nfd, City of Charles Sturt: +391 Serbian Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: -23
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 City of Charles Sturt in 2011 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 70.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 21.2% said they had no religion, compared with 62.5% and 28.1% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest single religion in the City of Charles Sturt was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 29.8% of the population or 31,246 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Charles Sturt and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (29.8% compared to 21.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (6.3% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (9.8% compared to 12.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Lutheran (2.1% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+788 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+779 persons)
  • Sikhism (+703 persons)
  • Anglican (-695 persons)