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In the Perth Metropolitan Area, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+103,716) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

The Perth Metropolitan Area'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 Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic422,36624.424.4372,20724.624.6+50,158
Anglican319,24018.518.5305,05020.220.2+14,189
Uniting Church52,6283.03.052,9993.53.5-372
Christian,nfd48,1152.82.831,8032.12.1+16,312
Buddhism42,9502.52.531,7652.12.1+11,185
Presbyterian and Reformed38,7042.22.235,1682.32.3+3,535
Islam36,5292.12.122,1361.51.5+14,393
Baptist32,2111.91.924,7871.61.6+7,424
Pentecostal20,1261.21.214,4661.01.0+5,660
Hinduism19,6531.11.17,6660.50.5+11,987
Greek Orthodox12,8770.70.712,3160.80.8+561
Lutheran9,4700.50.58,7480.60.6+721
Jehova's Witnesses8,1030.50.57,8920.50.5+211
Churches of Christ6,7330.40.46,4150.40.4+318
Judaism5,5910.30.35,1190.30.3+472
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5,3770.30.34,4350.30.3+942
Other Protestant5,3480.30.34,8770.30.3+471
Sikhism4,7170.30.31,3490.10.1+3,368
Macedonian Orthodox4,6290.30.34,2600.30.3+369
Seventh Day Adventist4,3670.30.23,5010.20.2+866
Salvation Army3,9650.20.24,1690.30.3-204
Serbian Orthodox3,7870.20.23,1280.20.2+659
Other Eastern Orthodox3,6510.20.23,4320.20.2+219
Other Christian2,7420.20.21,9280.10.1+814
Other Non-Christian Religions2,0740.10.11,5970.10.1+477
Baha'i2,0610.10.11,7700.10.1+291
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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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Christian total1,009,77058.458.4906,05359.959.9+103,716
Non Christian total118,4776.96.975,5835.05.0+42,894
Non-classifiable religious belief14,9120.90.911,3520.80.8+3,559
No religion433,55225.125.1336,23422.222.2+97,317
Not stated151,9378.88.8182,86812.112.1-30,931

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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Perth: 24.4% Anglican, Greater Perth: 18.5% Uniting Church, Greater Perth: 3.0% Christian,nfd, Greater Perth: 2.8% Buddhism, Greater Perth: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Perth: 2.2% Islam, Greater Perth: 2.1% Baptist, Greater Perth: 1.9% Pentecostal, Greater Perth: 1.2% Hinduism, Greater Perth: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Perth Metropolitan Area: 24.4% Anglican, Perth Metropolitan Area: 18.5% Uniting Church, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.0% Christian,nfd, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.8% Buddhism, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.2% Islam, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.1% Baptist, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.9% Pentecostal, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.2% Hinduism, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.1%
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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Perth Metropolitan Area: +50,158 Anglican, Perth Metropolitan Area: +14,189 Uniting Church, Perth Metropolitan Area: -372 Christian,nfd, Perth Metropolitan Area: +16,312 Buddhism, Perth Metropolitan Area: +11,185 Presbyterian and Reformed, Perth Metropolitan Area: +3,535 Islam, Perth Metropolitan Area: +14,393 Baptist, Perth Metropolitan Area: +7,424 Pentecostal, Perth Metropolitan Area: +5,660 Hinduism, Perth Metropolitan Area: +11,987
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 Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 65.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.1% said they had no religion, compared with 65.2% and 25.1% respectively for Greater Perth.

The largest single religion in the Perth Metropolitan Area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.4% of the population or 422,366 people as adherents.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2011.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Perth Metropolitan Area between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+50,158 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+16,312 persons)
  • Islam (+14,393 persons)
  • Anglican (+14,189 persons)
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