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In Southern District, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,781) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Southern District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Onkaparinga %Number%City of Onkaparinga %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic1,75211.413.81,80812.815.5-56
Anglican1,72911.211.61,95013.815.0-221
Uniting Church7645.06.58506.08.4-86
Christian,nfd5103.33.74132.93.1+97
Baptist3062.01.92952.12.1+11
Lutheran2331.51.93942.83.0-161
Buddhism1601.00.91491.10.8+11
Pentecostal1210.81.11651.21.5-44
Presbyterian and Reformed1170.81.01270.91.1-10
Jehova's Witnesses930.60.51190.80.5-26
Greek Orthodox790.50.7940.70.8-15
Other Protestant450.30.5230.20.2+22
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)280.20.3420.30.3-14
Hinduism270.20.4250.20.3+2
Seventh Day Adventist210.10.2210.10.20
Churches of Christ200.10.3380.30.4-18
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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
Southern District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Onkaparinga %Number%City of Onkaparinga %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total5,85138.145.06,39945.253.3-548
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2491.62.33052.22.1-56
Non-classifiable religious belief
1741.10.82421.71.1-68
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,37748.043.55,59639.634.5+1,781
Not stated
1,60010.48.41,60111.39.1-1

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, 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% Baptist, City of Onkaparinga: 1.9% Lutheran, City of Onkaparinga: 1.9% Buddhism, City of Onkaparinga: 0.9% Pentecostal, City of Onkaparinga: 1.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Onkaparinga: 1.0% Jehova's Witnesses, City of Onkaparinga: 0.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Southern District: 11.4% Anglican, Southern District: 11.2% Uniting Church, Southern District: 5.0% Christian,nfd, Southern District: 3.3% Baptist, Southern District: 2.0% Lutheran, Southern District: 1.5% Buddhism, Southern District: 1.0% Pentecostal, Southern District: 0.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Southern District: 0.8% Jehova's Witnesses, Southern District: 0.6%
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, Southern District: -56 Anglican, Southern District: -221 Uniting Church, Southern District: -86 Christian,nfd, Southern District: +97 Baptist, Southern District: +11 Lutheran, Southern District: -161 Buddhism, Southern District: +11 Pentecostal, Southern District: -44 Presbyterian and Reformed, Southern District: -10 Jehova's Witnesses, Southern District: -26
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 Southern District in 2016 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, 39.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 48.0% said they had no religion, compared with 47.3% and 43.5% respectively for the City of Onkaparinga.

The largest single religion in Southern District was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 11.4% of the population or 1,752 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 (11.4% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (5.0% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-221 persons)
  • Lutheran (-161 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+97 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-86 persons)
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