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In the City of Charles Sturt, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+10,598) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
City of Charles Sturt - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic29,77626.618.931,24629.821.3-1,470
Anglican8,3407.59.810,3129.812.6-1,972
Greek Orthodox6,4045.72.56,6546.32.8-250
Uniting Church5,4664.95.87,1446.87.6-1,678
Buddhism3,0912.82.23,0632.92.2+28
Christian,nfd2,6982.42.81,5561.52.3+1,142
Islam2,5452.32.12,0281.91.5+517
Lutheran1,5941.42.12,1782.13.1-584
Hinduism1,4811.31.71,0041.01.1+477
Baptist1,2991.21.71,6261.51.8-327
Serbian Orthodox1,1361.00.31,2101.20.3-74
Pentecostal1,1331.01.11,1711.11.2-38
Sikhism1,0000.90.67360.70.4+264
Presbyterian and Reformed7510.70.98580.81.1-107
Other Protestant4240.40.41780.20.2+246
Jehova's Witnesses3130.30.33610.30.4-48
Other Eastern Catholic2760.20.11160.10.0+160
Other Eastern Orthodox2160.20.16530.60.2-437
Other Oriental Orthodox1850.20.11270.10.0+58
Churches of Christ1850.20.32860.30.3-101
Macedonian Orthodox1760.20.02090.20.0-33
Salvation Army1610.10.21800.20.3-19
Russian Orthodox1580.10.11800.20.1-22
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1480.10.21810.20.2-33
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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
City of Charles Sturt - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total61,21654.848.266,80563.656.7-5,589
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total8,4947.67.27,3397.05.8+1,155
Non-classifiable religious belief
6920.60.77710.70.9-79
map this data in atlas.idNo religion32,80329.435.922,20521.228.1+10,598
Not stated
8,5537.78.07,8637.58.5+690

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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Adelaide: 18.9% Anglican, Greater Adelaide: 9.8% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.5% Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: 5.8% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Islam, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Hinduism, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Charles Sturt: 26.6% Anglican, City of Charles Sturt: 7.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: 5.7% Uniting Church, City of Charles Sturt: 4.9% Buddhism, City of Charles Sturt: 2.8% Christian,nfd, City of Charles Sturt: 2.4% Islam, City of Charles Sturt: 2.3% Lutheran, City of Charles Sturt: 1.4% Hinduism, City of Charles Sturt: 1.3% Baptist, City of Charles Sturt: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Charles Sturt: -1,470 Anglican, City of Charles Sturt: -1,972 Greek Orthodox, City of Charles Sturt: -250 Uniting Church, City of Charles Sturt: -1,678 Buddhism, City of Charles Sturt: +28 Christian,nfd, City of Charles Sturt: +1,142 Islam, City of Charles Sturt: +517 Lutheran, City of Charles Sturt: -584 Hinduism, City of Charles Sturt: +477 Baptist, City of Charles Sturt: -327
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 City of Charles Sturt in 2016 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, 62.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.4% said they had no religion, compared with 55.4% and 35.9% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest single religion in the City of Charles Sturt was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.6% of the population or 29,776 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 (26.6% compared to 18.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (5.7% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (7.5% compared to 9.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the City of Charles Sturt between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-1,972 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,678 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,470 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,142 persons)
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