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In City of Darwin, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+6,567) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic17,37122.021.417,53024.023.0-159
Anglican5,9687.68.77,68710.512.0-1,719
Greek Orthodox3,3774.32.93,0424.22.9+335
Buddhism2,6263.32.82,1262.92.5+500
Hinduism2,4083.12.21,0691.51.1+1,339
Uniting Church2,3633.03.23,2814.54.6-918
Christian,nfd1,6972.22.21,5542.12.1+143
Islam1,5331.91.51,0981.51.1+435
Baptist9621.21.31,0511.41.5-89
Presbyterian and Reformed8901.11.31,1671.61.8-277
Pentecostal7881.01.16130.80.9+175
Lutheran4930.60.78741.21.4-381
Other Protestant4780.60.53630.50.4+115
Sikhism3380.40.31670.20.2+171
Jehova's Witnesses2610.30.32880.40.4-27
Seventh Day Adventist2490.30.32200.30.3+29
Other Eastern Catholic1680.20.100.00.0+168
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1660.20.21840.30.2-18
Salvation Army1170.10.21720.20.3-55
Chinese and Japanese Religions1070.10.1900.10.1+17
Other Oriental Orthodox810.10.1330.00.0+48
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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 Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total35,64845.244.838,31652.552.0-2,668
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total7,3389.37.24,9246.75.4+2,414
Non-classifiable religious belief
6470.80.87621.01.0-115
map this data in atlas.idNo religion24,83531.533.118,26825.026.6+6,567
Not stated
10,34313.114.110,68114.615.0-338

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 Darwin: 21.4% Anglican, Greater Darwin: 8.7% Greek Orthodox, Greater Darwin: 2.9% Buddhism, Greater Darwin: 2.8% Hinduism, Greater Darwin: 2.2% Uniting Church, Greater Darwin: 3.2% Christian,nfd, Greater Darwin: 2.2% Islam, Greater Darwin: 1.5% Baptist, Greater Darwin: 1.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Darwin: 1.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Darwin: 22.0% Anglican, City of Darwin: 7.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Darwin: 4.3% Buddhism, City of Darwin: 3.3% Hinduism, City of Darwin: 3.1% Uniting Church, City of Darwin: 3.0% Christian,nfd, City of Darwin: 2.2% Islam, City of Darwin: 1.9% Baptist, City of Darwin: 1.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Darwin: 1.1%
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 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Darwin: -159 Anglican, City of Darwin: -1,719 Greek Orthodox, City of Darwin: +335 Buddhism, City of Darwin: +500 Hinduism, City of Darwin: +1,339 Uniting Church, City of Darwin: -918 Christian,nfd, City of Darwin: +143 Islam, City of Darwin: +435 Baptist, City of Darwin: -89 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Darwin: -277
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 City of Darwin in 2016 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, 54.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 31.5% said they had no religion, compared with 52.1% and 33.1% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The largest single religion in City of Darwin was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.0% of the population or 17,371 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 (4.3% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (7.6% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-1,719 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,339 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-918 persons)
  • Buddhism (+500 persons)
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