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In the Gunnedah Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+929) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The Gunnedah Shire'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 Gunnedah Shire'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
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Anglican3,62329.721.94,19734.826.6-574
Western (Roman) Catholic3,20426.223.83,24726.926.2-43
Presbyterian and Reformed6004.93.56555.44.2-55
Uniting Church4593.84.55954.95.8-136
Christian,nfd1711.42.21881.61.9-17
Baptist1541.31.31341.11.4+20
Pentecostal700.60.9660.50.9+4
Salvation Army670.50.3570.50.4+10
Lutheran480.40.4780.60.6-30
Buddhism400.30.8270.20.8+13
Seventh Day Adventist380.30.4640.50.5-26
Islam220.20.560.00.4+16
Greek Orthodox180.10.4190.20.5-1
Jehova's Witnesses150.10.4310.30.4-16
Hinduism140.10.400.00.3+14
Other Protestant130.10.3120.10.2+1
Paganism120.10.190.10.1+3
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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
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total8,48869.561.59,35577.571.0-867
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1080.92.3560.52.1+52
Non-classifiable religious belief
360.30.6490.40.8-13
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,48420.326.31,55512.918.4+929
Not stated
1,1029.09.31,0598.87.8+43

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 Anglican, Regional NSW: 21.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional NSW: 23.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NSW: 3.5% Uniting Church, Regional NSW: 4.5% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 2.2% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.3% Pentecostal, Regional NSW: 0.9% Salvation Army, Regional NSW: 0.3% Lutheran, Regional NSW: 0.4% Buddhism, Regional NSW: 0.8% Anglican, Gunnedah Shire: 29.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, Gunnedah Shire: 26.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Gunnedah Shire: 4.9% Uniting Church, Gunnedah Shire: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Gunnedah Shire: 1.4% Baptist, Gunnedah Shire: 1.3% Pentecostal, Gunnedah Shire: 0.6% Salvation Army, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5% Lutheran, Gunnedah Shire: 0.4% Buddhism, Gunnedah Shire: 0.3%
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 Anglican, Gunnedah Shire: -574 Western (Roman) Catholic, Gunnedah Shire: -43 Presbyterian and Reformed, Gunnedah Shire: -55 Uniting Church, Gunnedah Shire: -136 Christian,nfd, Gunnedah Shire: -17 Baptist, Gunnedah Shire: +20 Pentecostal, Gunnedah Shire: +4 Salvation Army, Gunnedah Shire: +10 Lutheran, Gunnedah Shire: -30 Buddhism, Gunnedah Shire: +13
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 Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 70.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 20.3% said they had no religion, compared with 63.9% and 26.3% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in the Gunnedah Shire was Anglican, with 29.7% of the population or 3,623 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (29.7% compared to 21.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.2% compared to 23.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (4.9% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-574 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-136 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-55 persons)
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