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In the City of Newcastle, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+18,214) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Newcastle'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 Newcastle'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 Newcastle - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic34,42522.223.837,57125.326.2-3,146
Anglican26,34917.021.933,06722.326.6-6,718
Uniting Church6,5164.24.58,7975.95.8-2,281
Christian,nfd3,9862.62.22,9172.01.9+1,069
Presbyterian and Reformed3,8552.53.54,7253.24.2-870
Baptist2,6611.71.32,9902.01.4-329
Buddhism1,8781.20.81,7301.20.8+148
Islam1,8771.20.51,3990.90.4+478
Pentecostal1,5621.00.91,4851.00.9+77
Greek Orthodox1,4490.90.41,5981.10.5-149
Hinduism1,0660.70.47380.50.3+328
Macedonian Orthodox8650.60.39000.60.3-35
Other Protestant7940.50.34670.30.2+327
Salvation Army5910.40.37270.50.4-136
Seventh Day Adventist4370.30.44540.30.5-17
Jehova's Witnesses2920.20.42930.20.4-1
Lutheran2530.20.44420.30.6-189
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2180.10.13120.20.2-94
Serbian Orthodox1880.10.11870.10.1+1
Sikhism1790.10.2800.10.1+99
Other Eastern Catholic1330.10.0400.00.0+93
Paganism1110.10.11480.10.1-37
Churches of Christ1010.10.11390.10.1-38
Russian Orthodox980.10.0900.10.0+8
Judaism940.10.11030.10.1-9
Other Non-Christian Religions880.10.01000.10.0-12
Spiritualism820.10.0760.10.0+6
Christadelphian750.00.0840.10.0-9
Other Christian640.00.11070.10.1-43
Other Oriental Orthodox610.00.0150.00.0+46
Wiccan/Witchcraft590.00.0800.10.0-21
Brethren560.00.1830.10.1-27
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions560.00.0200.00.0+36
Other Nature Religions550.00.0910.10.1-36
Other Eastern Orthodox310.00.04980.30.2-467
Chinese and Japanese Religions310.00.0350.00.0-4
Coptic Orthodox270.00.0260.00.0+1
Baha'i240.00.0290.00.0-5
Maronite Catholic120.00.080.00.0+4
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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 Newcastle - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total85,10854.861.598,02566.071.0-12,917
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5,6003.62.34,6293.12.1+971
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,2370.80.61,4641.00.8-227
map this data in atlas.idNo religion51,78533.326.333,57122.618.4+18,214
Not stated
11,6877.59.310,8447.37.8+843

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, Regional NSW: 23.8% Anglican, Regional NSW: 21.9% Uniting Church, Regional NSW: 4.5% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NSW: 3.5% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.3% Buddhism, Regional NSW: 0.8% Islam, Regional NSW: 0.5% Pentecostal, Regional NSW: 0.9% Greek Orthodox, Regional NSW: 0.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Newcastle: 22.2% Anglican, City of Newcastle: 17.0% Uniting Church, City of Newcastle: 4.2% Christian,nfd, City of Newcastle: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Newcastle: 2.5% Baptist, City of Newcastle: 1.7% Buddhism, City of Newcastle: 1.2% Islam, City of Newcastle: 1.2% Pentecostal, City of Newcastle: 1.0% Greek Orthodox, City of Newcastle: 0.9%
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 Newcastle: -3,146 Anglican, City of Newcastle: -6,718 Uniting Church, City of Newcastle: -2,281 Christian,nfd, City of Newcastle: +1,069 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Newcastle: -870 Baptist, City of Newcastle: -329 Buddhism, City of Newcastle: +148 Islam, City of Newcastle: +478 Pentecostal, City of Newcastle: +77 Greek Orthodox, City of Newcastle: -149
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 Newcastle in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 58.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 33.3% said they had no religion, compared with 63.9% and 26.3% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in the City of Newcastle was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.2% of the population or 34,425 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Newcastle and Regional NSW were:

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (17.0% compared to 21.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.2% compared to 23.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (2.5% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-6,718 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-3,146 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-2,281 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,069 persons)
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