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In the Gunnedah Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+485) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Anglican4,19734.826.64,38838.028.2-191
Western (Roman) Catholic3,24726.926.23,13527.226.6+112
Presbyterian and Reformed6555.44.26876.04.6-32
Uniting Church5954.95.86525.76.6-57
Christian,nfd1881.61.91241.11.4+64
Baptist1341.11.41741.51.4-40
Lutheran780.60.6640.60.7+14
Pentecostal660.50.9850.70.9-19
Seventh Day Adventist640.50.5420.40.5+22
Salvation Army570.50.4790.70.5-22
Jehova's Witnesses310.30.4230.20.4+8
Buddhism270.20.8250.20.6+2
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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
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total9,35577.571.09,49782.373.9-142
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total560.52.1540.51.5+2
Non-classifiable religious belief
490.40.8280.20.6+21
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,55512.918.41,0709.314.5+485
Not stated
1,0598.87.88857.79.5+174

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 Anglican, Regional NSW: 26.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional NSW: 26.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NSW: 4.2% Uniting Church, Regional NSW: 5.8% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 1.9% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.4% Lutheran, Regional NSW: 0.6% Pentecostal, Regional NSW: 0.9% Seventh Day Adventist, Regional NSW: 0.5% Salvation Army, Regional NSW: 0.4% Anglican, Gunnedah Shire: 34.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Gunnedah Shire: 26.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Gunnedah Shire: 5.4% Uniting Church, Gunnedah Shire: 4.9% Christian,nfd, Gunnedah Shire: 1.6% Baptist, Gunnedah Shire: 1.1% Lutheran, Gunnedah Shire: 0.6% Pentecostal, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5% Seventh Day Adventist, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5% Salvation Army, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5%
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 Anglican, Gunnedah Shire: -191 Western (Roman) Catholic, Gunnedah Shire: +112 Presbyterian and Reformed, Gunnedah Shire: -32 Uniting Church, Gunnedah Shire: -57 Christian,nfd, Gunnedah Shire: +64 Baptist, Gunnedah Shire: -40 Lutheran, Gunnedah Shire: +14 Pentecostal, Gunnedah Shire: -19 Seventh Day Adventist, Gunnedah Shire: +22 Salvation Army, Gunnedah Shire: -22
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 the Gunnedah Shire in 2011 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, 77.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 12.9% said they had no religion, compared with 73.0% and 18.4% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in the Gunnedah Shire was Anglican, with 34.8% of the population or 4,197 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 (34.8% compared to 26.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (5.4% compared to 4.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-191 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+112 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+64 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-57 persons)
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