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In Shire of Murray, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (+1,599) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Shire of Murray'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.

Shire of Murray'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
Shire of Murray - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Anglican3,87327.418.53,37928.220.2+494
Western (Roman) Catholic2,70919.124.42,03717.024.6+672
Uniting Church5383.83.04984.23.5+40
Presbyterian and Reformed3322.32.22922.42.3+40
Christian,nfd3142.22.81961.62.1+118
Baptist2772.01.91271.11.6+150
Jehova's Witnesses1931.40.51741.50.5+19
Buddhism1080.82.5500.42.1+58
Pentecostal1080.81.2710.61.0+37
Lutheran610.40.5650.50.6-4
Other Protestant560.40.3660.60.3-10
Salvation Army380.30.2300.30.3+8
Churches of Christ290.20.4210.20.4+8
Greek Orthodox230.20.7110.10.8+12
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)230.20.3200.20.3+3
Other Christian200.10.230.00.1+17
Paganism200.10.1100.10.1+10
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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
Shire of Murray - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Christian total8,62060.958.47,02158.659.9+1,599
Non Christian total1881.36.91161.05.0+72
Non-classifiable religious belief1240.90.9630.50.8+61
No religion3,74626.525.12,97324.822.2+773
Not stated1,47010.48.81,80015.012.1-330

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, Greater Perth: 18.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Perth: 24.4% Uniting Church, Greater Perth: 3.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Perth: 2.2% Christian,nfd, Greater Perth: 2.8% Baptist, Greater Perth: 1.9% Jehova's Witnesses, Greater Perth: 0.5% Pentecostal, Greater Perth: 1.2% Buddhism, Greater Perth: 2.5% Lutheran, Greater Perth: 0.5% Anglican, Shire of Murray: 27.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Shire of Murray: 19.1% Uniting Church, Shire of Murray: 3.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Shire of Murray: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Shire of Murray: 2.2% Baptist, Shire of Murray: 2.0% Jehova's Witnesses, Shire of Murray: 1.4% Pentecostal, Shire of Murray: 0.8% Buddhism, Shire of Murray: 0.8% Lutheran, Shire of Murray: 0.4%
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, Shire of Murray: +494 Western (Roman) Catholic, Shire of Murray: +672 Uniting Church, Shire of Murray: +40 Presbyterian and Reformed, Shire of Murray: +40 Christian,nfd, Shire of Murray: +118 Baptist, Shire of Murray: +150 Jehova's Witnesses, Shire of Murray: +19 Pentecostal, Shire of Murray: +37 Buddhism, Shire of Murray: +58 Lutheran, Shire of Murray: -4
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 Shire of Murray in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 62.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 26.5% said they had no religion, compared with 65.2% and 25.1% respectively for Greater Perth.

The largest single religion in Shire of Murray was Anglican, with 27.4% of the population or 3,873 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Shire of Murray and Greater Perth were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (27.4% compared to 18.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.1% compared to 24.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.8% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+672 persons)
  • Anglican (+494 persons)
  • Baptist (+150 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+118 persons)
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