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In Orange City, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,887) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Orange City'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.

Orange City'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
Orange City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic12,25532.226.211,69233.126.6+563
Anglican9,27824.426.69,37926.528.2-101
Uniting Church3,0388.05.83,2459.26.6-207
Presbyterian and Reformed1,0622.84.21,1103.14.6-48
Christian,nfd1,0132.71.95521.61.4+461
Baptist4601.21.44691.31.4-9
Pentecostal4541.20.94731.30.9-19
Brethren2400.60.12460.70.1-6
Buddhism2200.60.81380.40.6+82
Other Protestant1840.50.22620.70.2-78
Islam1460.40.4600.20.3+86
Lutheran1400.40.61300.40.7+10
Greek Orthodox1350.40.51160.30.5+19
Hinduism1170.30.3500.10.2+67
Salvation Army960.30.41440.40.5-48
Seventh Day Adventist850.20.5660.20.5+19
Jehova's Witnesses850.20.4940.30.4-9
Churches of Christ720.20.1850.20.1-13
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)510.10.2580.20.2-7
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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
Orange City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total28,78575.671.028,24979.973.9+536
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6331.72.13541.01.5+279
Non-classifiable religious belief
2010.50.81520.40.6+49
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,52014.518.43,63310.314.5+1,887
Not stated
2,9187.77.82,9508.39.5-32

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, Regional NSW: 26.2% Anglican, Regional NSW: 26.6% Uniting Church, Regional NSW: 5.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NSW: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 1.9% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.4% Pentecostal, Regional NSW: 0.9% Brethren, Regional NSW: 0.1% Buddhism, Regional NSW: 0.8% Other Protestant, Regional NSW: 0.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Orange City: 32.2% Anglican, Orange City: 24.4% Uniting Church, Orange City: 8.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Orange City: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Orange City: 2.7% Baptist, Orange City: 1.2% Pentecostal, Orange City: 1.2% Brethren, Orange City: 0.6% Buddhism, Orange City: 0.6% Other Protestant, Orange City: 0.5%
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, Orange City: +563 Anglican, Orange City: -101 Uniting Church, Orange City: -207 Presbyterian and Reformed, Orange City: -48 Christian,nfd, Orange City: +461 Baptist, Orange City: -9 Pentecostal, Orange City: -19 Brethren, Orange City: -6 Buddhism, Orange City: +82 Other Protestant, Orange City: -78
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 Orange City in 2011 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 77.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 14.5% said they had no religion, compared with 73.0% and 18.4% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in Orange City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 32.2% of the population or 12,255 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (32.2% compared to 26.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (8.0% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (24.4% compared to 26.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (2.8% compared to 4.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+563 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+461 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-207 persons)
  • Anglican (-101 persons)
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