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In the City of Mitcham, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+6,436) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Mitcham'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 Mitcham'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 Mitcham - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic9,91915.318.910,75417.121.3-835
Anglican7,19511.19.88,98714.312.6-1,792
Uniting Church4,7617.35.86,0419.67.6-1,280
Greek Orthodox2,0933.22.52,1503.42.8-57
Christian,nfd1,8352.82.81,5282.42.3+307
Baptist1,5842.41.71,8052.91.8-221
Lutheran1,5762.42.12,1023.33.1-526
Islam8841.42.18061.31.5+78
Buddhism8291.32.28751.42.2-46
Hinduism6281.01.74930.81.1+135
Presbyterian and Reformed5520.90.96451.01.1-93
Pentecostal5040.81.16281.01.2-124
Churches of Christ2780.40.33500.60.3-72
Brethren1830.30.02020.30.1-19
Christadelphian1800.30.21870.30.2-7
Other Protestant1660.30.41020.20.2+64
Sikhism1420.20.61470.20.4-5
Maronite Catholic900.10.0880.10.0+2
Baha'i770.10.1920.10.1-15
Jehova's Witnesses760.10.3720.10.4+4
Salvation Army710.10.21210.20.3-50
Judaism700.10.1850.10.1-15
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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 Mitcham - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total31,47048.648.236,22357.656.7-4,753
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,7854.37.22,7344.35.8+51
Non-classifiable religious belief
4400.70.75840.90.9-144
map this data in atlas.idNo religion25,50439.435.919,06830.328.1+6,436
Not stated
4,6027.18.04,2936.88.5+309

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 Adelaide: 18.9% Anglican, Greater Adelaide: 9.8% Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: 5.8% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.5% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Islam, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Hinduism, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Mitcham: 15.3% Anglican, City of Mitcham: 11.1% Uniting Church, City of Mitcham: 7.3% Greek Orthodox, City of Mitcham: 3.2% Christian,nfd, City of Mitcham: 2.8% Baptist, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Lutheran, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Islam, City of Mitcham: 1.4% Buddhism, City of Mitcham: 1.3% Hinduism, City of Mitcham: 1.0%
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 Mitcham: -835 Anglican, City of Mitcham: -1,792 Uniting Church, City of Mitcham: -1,280 Greek Orthodox, City of Mitcham: -57 Christian,nfd, City of Mitcham: +307 Baptist, City of Mitcham: -221 Lutheran, City of Mitcham: -526 Islam, City of Mitcham: +78 Buddhism, City of Mitcham: -46 Hinduism, City of Mitcham: +135
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 City of Mitcham in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 52.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.4% said they had no religion, compared with 55.4% and 35.9% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest single religion in the City of Mitcham was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 15.3% of the population or 9,919 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (7.3% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (11.1% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (15.3% compared to 18.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-1,792 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,280 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-835 persons)
  • Lutheran (-526 persons)
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