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In Northern District, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,156) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Northern District'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.

Northern District'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
Northern District - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Onkaparinga %Number%City of Onkaparinga %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic6,59316.415.56,74616.715.6-153
Anglican5,81214.415.06,14515.215.9-333
Uniting Church4,47611.18.44,86012.09.2-384
Lutheran1,3723.43.01,3833.43.0-11
Christian,nfd1,1612.93.19112.32.2+250
Baptist9542.42.19782.42.3-24
Pentecostal6621.61.57761.91.8-114
Greek Orthodox4511.10.85381.30.9-87
Presbyterian and Reformed4131.01.13941.01.2+19
Christadelphian3240.80.33540.90.4-30
Buddhism3190.80.82150.50.5+104
Churches of Christ2350.60.43150.80.6-80
Islam2100.50.41830.50.3+27
Hinduism1420.40.31140.30.2+28
Brethren1270.30.1510.10.1+76
Jehova's Witnesses1040.30.51440.40.6-40
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1010.30.31120.30.3-11
Salvation Army990.20.31050.30.3-6
Other Protestant850.20.2900.20.2-5
Baha'i820.20.1910.20.1-9
Seventh Day Adventist790.20.2810.20.2-2
Serbian Orthodox710.20.1760.20.1-5
Paganism420.10.1470.10.2-5
Other Eastern Orthodox410.10.1560.10.1-15
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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
Northern District - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Onkaparinga %Number%City of Onkaparinga %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total23,27157.853.324,23959.955.2-968
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total9192.32.17821.91.6+137
Non-classifiable religious belief
3440.91.12590.60.8+85
map this data in atlas.idNo religion12,93732.134.510,78126.729.6+2,156
Not stated
2,8197.09.14,39210.912.7-1,573

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, City of Onkaparinga: 15.5% Anglican, City of Onkaparinga: 15.0% Uniting Church, City of Onkaparinga: 8.4% Lutheran, City of Onkaparinga: 3.0% Christian,nfd, City of Onkaparinga: 3.1% Baptist, City of Onkaparinga: 2.1% Pentecostal, City of Onkaparinga: 1.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Onkaparinga: 0.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Onkaparinga: 1.1% Christadelphian, City of Onkaparinga: 0.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Northern District: 16.4% Anglican, Northern District: 14.4% Uniting Church, Northern District: 11.1% Lutheran, Northern District: 3.4% Christian,nfd, Northern District: 2.9% Baptist, Northern District: 2.4% Pentecostal, Northern District: 1.6% Greek Orthodox, Northern District: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Northern District: 1.0% Christadelphian, Northern District: 0.8%
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, Northern District: -153 Anglican, Northern District: -333 Uniting Church, Northern District: -384 Lutheran, Northern District: -11 Christian,nfd, Northern District: +250 Baptist, Northern District: -24 Pentecostal, Northern District: -114 Greek Orthodox, Northern District: -87 Presbyterian and Reformed, Northern District: +19 Christadelphian, Northern District: -30
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 Northern District in 2011 compared to the City of Onkaparinga shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 32.1% said they had no religion, compared with 55.4% and 34.5% respectively for the City of Onkaparinga.

The largest single religion in Northern District was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 16.4% of the population or 6,593 people as adherents.

The major difference between the religious affiliation for the population of Northern District and the City of Onkaparinga was:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (11.1% compared to 8.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Uniting Church (-384 persons)
  • Anglican (-333 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+250 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-153 persons)