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In City of Darwin, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,349) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

City of Darwin'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.

City of Darwin'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 Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic17,53024.023.016,33224.623.1+1,198
Anglican7,68710.512.08,11912.213.2-432
Uniting Church3,2814.54.63,7025.65.4-421
Greek Orthodox3,0424.22.92,6404.02.8+402
Buddhism2,1262.92.51,7452.62.2+381
Christian,nfd1,5542.12.18541.31.4+700
Presbyterian and Reformed1,1671.61.81,1101.71.8+57
Islam1,0981.51.17731.20.8+325
Hinduism1,0691.51.13540.50.4+715
Baptist1,0511.41.58481.31.4+203
Lutheran8741.21.49101.41.5-36
Pentecostal6130.80.96220.91.0-9
Other Protestant3630.50.42910.40.4+72
Jehova's Witnesses2880.40.42200.30.4+68
Seventh Day Adventist2200.30.31450.20.2+75
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1840.30.21370.20.2+47
Salvation Army1720.20.31830.30.3-11
Sikhism1670.20.2270.00.0+140
Chinese and Japanese Religions900.10.1660.10.1+24
Judaism780.10.1610.10.1+17
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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 Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total38,31652.552.036,39954.953.5+1,917
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total4,9246.75.43,3095.04.0+1,615
Non-classifiable religious belief
7621.01.05980.90.8+164
map this data in atlas.idNo religion18,26825.026.615,91924.025.1+2,349
Not stated
10,68114.615.010,06915.216.5+612

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 Darwin: 23.0% Anglican, Greater Darwin: 12.0% Uniting Church, Greater Darwin: 4.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Darwin: 2.9% Buddhism, Greater Darwin: 2.5% Christian,nfd, Greater Darwin: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Darwin: 1.8% Islam, Greater Darwin: 1.1% Hinduism, Greater Darwin: 1.1% Baptist, Greater Darwin: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Darwin: 24.0% Anglican, City of Darwin: 10.5% Uniting Church, City of Darwin: 4.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Darwin: 4.2% Buddhism, City of Darwin: 2.9% Christian,nfd, City of Darwin: 2.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Darwin: 1.6% Islam, City of Darwin: 1.5% Hinduism, City of Darwin: 1.5% Baptist, City of Darwin: 1.4%
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 Darwin: +1,198 Anglican, City of Darwin: -432 Uniting Church, City of Darwin: -421 Greek Orthodox, City of Darwin: +402 Buddhism, City of Darwin: +381 Christian,nfd, City of Darwin: +700 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Darwin: +57 Islam, City of Darwin: +325 Hinduism, City of Darwin: +715 Baptist, City of Darwin: +203
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 City of Darwin in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 59.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.0% said they had no religion, compared with 57.3% and 26.6% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The largest single religion in City of Darwin was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.0% of the population or 17,530 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of City of Darwin and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (4.2% compared to 2.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (24.0% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.5% compared to 12.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,198 persons)
  • Hinduism (+715 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+700 persons)
  • Anglican (-432 persons)
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