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In the City of Onkaparinga, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+17,562) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Onkaparinga'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 Onkaparinga'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 Onkaparinga - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic23,08613.818.924,67015.521.3-1,584
Anglican19,37911.69.823,92215.012.6-4,543
Uniting Church10,8876.55.813,3418.47.6-2,454
Christian,nfd6,1893.72.84,8973.12.3+1,292
Lutheran3,2011.92.14,8063.03.1-1,605
Baptist3,1091.91.73,3592.11.8-250
Pentecostal1,8331.11.12,4491.51.2-616
Presbyterian and Reformed1,6081.00.91,8231.11.1-215
Buddhism1,4200.92.21,2060.82.2+214
Greek Orthodox1,1700.72.51,2490.82.8-79
Jehova's Witnesses7950.50.38490.50.4-54
Other Protestant7700.50.43630.20.2+407
Islam7460.42.16560.41.5+90
Hinduism6200.41.73990.31.1+221
Churches of Christ5550.30.36880.40.3-133
Christadelphian4530.30.24970.30.2-44
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)4310.30.24630.30.2-32
Salvation Army3180.20.24110.30.3-93
Seventh Day Adventist2910.20.23080.20.2-17
Brethren2100.10.01950.10.1+15
Baha'i2000.10.12100.10.1-10
Sikhism1690.10.6750.00.4+94
Paganism1670.10.12270.10.1-60
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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 Onkaparinga - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total74,97745.048.285,01453.356.7-10,037
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3,8542.37.23,3282.15.8+526
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,3690.80.71,6841.10.9-315
map this data in atlas.idNo religion72,58043.535.955,01834.528.1+17,562
Not stated
13,9888.48.014,5399.18.5-551

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% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Pentecostal, Greater Adelaide: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Adelaide: 0.9% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Onkaparinga: 13.8% Anglican, City of Onkaparinga: 11.6% Uniting Church, City of Onkaparinga: 6.5% Christian,nfd, City of Onkaparinga: 3.7% Lutheran, City of Onkaparinga: 1.9% Baptist, City of Onkaparinga: 1.9% Pentecostal, City of Onkaparinga: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Onkaparinga: 1.0% Buddhism, City of Onkaparinga: 0.9% Greek Orthodox, City of Onkaparinga: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Onkaparinga: -1,584 Anglican, City of Onkaparinga: -4,543 Uniting Church, City of Onkaparinga: -2,454 Christian,nfd, City of Onkaparinga: +1,292 Lutheran, City of Onkaparinga: -1,605 Baptist, City of Onkaparinga: -250 Pentecostal, City of Onkaparinga: -616 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Onkaparinga: -215 Buddhism, City of Onkaparinga: +214 Greek Orthodox, City of Onkaparinga: -79
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 Onkaparinga 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, 47.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 43.5% said they had no religion, compared with 55.4% and 35.9% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest single religion in the City of Onkaparinga was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 13.8% of the population or 23,086 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (11.6% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (13.8% compared to 18.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (0.7% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.4% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-4,543 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-2,454 persons)
  • Lutheran (-1,605 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,584 persons)
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