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District Council of Mount Barker

Religion

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In the District Council of Mount Barker, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,868) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The District Council of Mount Barker'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 District Council of Mount Barker'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
District Council of Mount Barker - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic4,02312.018.93,91113.121.3+112
Anglican3,50210.59.83,84412.912.6-342
Uniting Church2,6307.95.83,00510.17.6-375
Lutheran2,0176.02.12,4708.33.1-453
Christian,nfd1,1783.52.89233.12.3+255
Baptist7392.21.76352.11.8+104
Pentecostal4641.41.15051.71.2-41
Presbyterian and Reformed3271.00.93821.31.1-55
Buddhism2950.92.22470.82.2+48
Christadelphian1580.50.21370.50.2+21
Jehova's Witnesses1400.40.31660.60.4-26
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1290.40.21360.50.2-7
Other Protestant1130.30.4430.10.2+70
Greek Orthodox1000.32.5850.32.8+15
Hinduism960.31.7400.11.1+56
Salvation Army900.30.21320.40.3-42
Brethren890.30.0880.30.1+1
Churches of Christ880.30.31030.30.3-15
Seventh Day Adventist650.20.2580.20.2+7
Paganism460.10.1590.20.1-13
Islam420.12.1440.11.5-2
Other Nature Religions340.10.0260.10.0+8
Other Christian320.10.1500.20.1-18
Judaism280.10.1220.10.1+6
Sikhism250.10.660.00.4+19
Baha'i220.10.1280.10.1-6
Other Non-Christian Religions210.10.1430.10.1-22
Spiritualism190.10.0130.00.1+6
Serbian Orthodox130.00.3200.10.3-7
Wiccan/Witchcraft120.00.0240.10.1-12
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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
District Council of Mount Barker - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total15,92047.748.216,72156.256.7-801
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6522.07.25581.95.8+94
Non-classifiable religious belief
2960.90.73811.30.9-85
map this data in atlas.idNo religion13,64540.935.99,77732.828.1+3,868
Not stated
2,8598.68.02,3297.88.5+530

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% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Pentecostal, Greater Adelaide: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Adelaide: 0.9% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Christadelphian, Greater Adelaide: 0.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, District Council of Mount Barker: 12.0% Anglican, District Council of Mount Barker: 10.5% Uniting Church, District Council of Mount Barker: 7.9% Lutheran, District Council of Mount Barker: 6.0% Christian,nfd, District Council of Mount Barker: 3.5% Baptist, District Council of Mount Barker: 2.2% Pentecostal, District Council of Mount Barker: 1.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, District Council of Mount Barker: 1.0% Buddhism, District Council of Mount Barker: 0.9% Christadelphian, District Council of Mount Barker: 0.5%
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, District Council of Mount Barker: +112 Anglican, District Council of Mount Barker: -342 Uniting Church, District Council of Mount Barker: -375 Lutheran, District Council of Mount Barker: -453 Christian,nfd, District Council of Mount Barker: +255 Baptist, District Council of Mount Barker: +104 Pentecostal, District Council of Mount Barker: -41 Presbyterian and Reformed, District Council of Mount Barker: -55 Buddhism, District Council of Mount Barker: +48 Christadelphian, District Council of Mount Barker: +21
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 District Council of Mount Barker 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, 49.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 40.9% said they had no religion, compared with 55.4% and 35.9% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest single religion in the District Council of Mount Barker was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 12.0% of the population or 4,023 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the District Council of Mount Barker and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (6.0% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (7.9% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (12.0% compared to 18.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (0.3% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the District Council of Mount Barker between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Lutheran (-453 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-375 persons)
  • Anglican (-342 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+255 persons)
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