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In Southern District, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,145) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Southern 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.

Southern 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
Southern District - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Onkaparinga %Number%City of Onkaparinga %2006 to 2011
Anglican1,95013.815.01,34014.015.9+610
Western (Roman) Catholic1,80812.815.51,09911.515.6+709
Uniting Church8506.08.46346.69.2+216
Christian,nfd4132.93.12142.22.2+199
Lutheran3942.83.02282.43.0+166
Baptist2952.12.12212.32.3+74
Pentecostal1651.21.51101.11.8+55
Buddhism1491.10.8710.70.5+78
Presbyterian and Reformed1270.91.11111.21.2+16
Jehova's Witnesses1190.80.51041.10.6+15
Greek Orthodox940.70.8860.90.9+8
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)420.30.3250.30.3+17
Churches of Christ380.30.4470.50.6-9
Paganism330.20.1460.50.2-13
Hinduism250.20.370.10.2+18
Other Protestant230.20.2350.40.2-12
Seventh Day Adventist210.10.2240.30.2-3
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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
Southern District - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Onkaparinga %Number%City of Onkaparinga %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total6,39945.253.34,33545.355.2+2,064
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3052.22.11892.01.6+116
Non-classifiable religious belief
2421.71.11161.20.8+126
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,59639.634.53,45136.129.6+2,145
Not stated
1,60111.39.11,47715.412.7+124

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, City of Onkaparinga: 15.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Onkaparinga: 15.5% Uniting Church, City of Onkaparinga: 8.4% Christian,nfd, City of Onkaparinga: 3.1% Lutheran, City of Onkaparinga: 3.0% Baptist, City of Onkaparinga: 2.1% Pentecostal, City of Onkaparinga: 1.5% Buddhism, City of Onkaparinga: 0.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Onkaparinga: 1.1% Jehova's Witnesses, City of Onkaparinga: 0.5% Anglican, Southern District: 13.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Southern District: 12.8% Uniting Church, Southern District: 6.0% Christian,nfd, Southern District: 2.9% Lutheran, Southern District: 2.8% Baptist, Southern District: 2.1% Pentecostal, Southern District: 1.2% Buddhism, Southern District: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Southern District: 0.9% Jehova's Witnesses, Southern 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 Anglican, Southern District: +610 Western (Roman) Catholic, Southern District: +709 Uniting Church, Southern District: +216 Christian,nfd, Southern District: +199 Lutheran, Southern District: +166 Baptist, Southern District: +74 Pentecostal, Southern District: +55 Buddhism, Southern District: +78 Presbyterian and Reformed, Southern District: +16 Jehova's Witnesses, Southern District: +15
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 Southern District in 2011 compared to the City of Onkaparinga shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 47.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.6% said they had no religion, compared with 55.4% and 34.5% respectively for the City of Onkaparinga.

The largest single religion in Southern District was Anglican, with 13.8% of the population or 1,950 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Southern District and the City of Onkaparinga were:

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (12.8% compared to 15.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.0% compared to 8.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (13.8% compared to 15.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+709 persons)
  • Anglican (+610 persons)
  • Uniting Church (+216 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+199 persons)