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In the City of Fremantle, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,149) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Fremantle'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 Fremantle'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 Fremantle - Total persons (Enumerated)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic6,63123.022.17,44027.624.5-809
Anglican3,00310.413.83,81214.118.4-809
Buddhism4621.62.55081.92.5-46
Uniting Church4341.52.16072.33.0-173
Christian,nfd4201.53.45041.92.8-84
Presbyterian and Reformed3681.31.84281.62.2-60
Baptist2200.81.72550.91.9-35
Islam1530.52.51780.72.1-25
Greek Orthodox1410.50.71100.40.7+31
Hinduism1200.41.9920.31.2+28
Pentecostal1200.41.1920.31.2+28
Other Protestant960.30.6390.10.3+57
Judaism890.30.3950.40.3-6
Lutheran880.30.31500.60.6-62
Jehova's Witnesses690.20.4990.40.5-30
Serbian Orthodox600.20.2820.30.2-22
Churches of Christ360.10.3420.20.4-6
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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 Fremantle - Total persons (Enumerated)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total11,79441.049.813,84151.358.5-2,047
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total9793.48.21,0593.96.9-80
Non-classifiable religious belief
3221.10.63711.40.9-49
map this data in atlas.idNo religion12,30142.832.69,15233.925.1+3,149
Not stated
3,36811.78.82,5379.48.6+831

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 Perth: 22.1% Anglican, Greater Perth: 13.8% Buddhism, Greater Perth: 2.5% Uniting Church, Greater Perth: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Perth: 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Perth: 1.8% Baptist, Greater Perth: 1.7% Islam, Greater Perth: 2.5% Greek Orthodox, Greater Perth: 0.7% Hinduism, Greater Perth: 1.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Fremantle: 23.0% Anglican, City of Fremantle: 10.4% Buddhism, City of Fremantle: 1.6% Uniting Church, City of Fremantle: 1.5% Christian,nfd, City of Fremantle: 1.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Fremantle: 1.3% Baptist, City of Fremantle: 0.8% Islam, City of Fremantle: 0.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Fremantle: 0.5% Hinduism, City of Fremantle: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated 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 Fremantle: -809 Anglican, City of Fremantle: -809 Buddhism, City of Fremantle: -46 Uniting Church, City of Fremantle: -173 Christian,nfd, City of Fremantle: -84 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Fremantle: -60 Baptist, City of Fremantle: -35 Islam, City of Fremantle: -25 Greek Orthodox, City of Fremantle: +31 Hinduism, City of Fremantle: +28
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated 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 Fremantle in 2016 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 44.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 42.8% said they had no religion, compared with 58.0% and 32.6% respectively for Greater Perth.

The largest single religion in the City of Fremantle was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.0% of the population or 6,631 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.4% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Christian,nfd (1.5% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.5% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.4% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-809 persons)
  • Anglican (-809 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-173 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (-84 persons)
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