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In Orange City, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,339) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Orange City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic11,96629.723.812,25532.226.2-289
Anglican8,27620.521.99,27824.426.6-1,002
Uniting Church2,5816.44.53,0388.05.8-457
Presbyterian and Reformed1,0402.63.51,0622.84.2-22
Christian,nfd1,0102.52.21,0132.71.9-3
Baptist4711.21.34601.21.4+11
Pentecostal4591.10.94541.20.9+5
Other Protestant4141.00.31840.50.2+230
Hinduism2710.70.41170.30.3+154
Brethren2560.60.12400.60.1+16
Buddhism2350.60.82200.60.8+15
Islam1480.40.51460.40.4+2
Greek Orthodox1230.30.41350.40.5-12
Salvation Army1010.30.3960.30.4+5
Jehova's Witnesses980.20.4850.20.4+13
Other Eastern Catholic970.20.030.00.0+94
Seventh Day Adventist900.20.4850.20.5+5
Lutheran880.20.41400.40.6-52
Sikhism620.20.2320.10.1+30
Churches of Christ420.10.1720.20.1-30
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)400.10.1510.10.2-11
Paganism330.10.1270.10.1+6
Baha'i210.10.0210.10.00
Wiccan/Witchcraft190.00.0180.00.0+1
Other Christian180.00.1320.10.1-14
Chinese and Japanese Religions180.00.060.00.0+12
Russian Orthodox160.00.0180.00.0-2
Other Oriental Orthodox160.00.040.00.0+12
Other Non-Christian Religions140.00.0110.00.0+3
Judaism120.00.1170.00.1-5
Serbian Orthodox110.00.1160.00.1-5
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions100.00.060.00.0+4
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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
Orange City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total27,23967.561.528,78575.671.0-1,546
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total8522.12.36331.72.1+219
Non-classifiable religious belief
1920.50.62010.50.8-9
map this data in atlas.idNo religion8,85922.026.35,52014.518.4+3,339
Not stated
3,2037.99.32,9187.77.8+285

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, Regional NSW: 23.8% Anglican, Regional NSW: 21.9% Uniting Church, Regional NSW: 4.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NSW: 3.5% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 2.2% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.3% Pentecostal, Regional NSW: 0.9% Other Protestant, Regional NSW: 0.3% Hinduism, Regional NSW: 0.4% Brethren, Regional NSW: 0.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Orange City: 29.7% Anglican, Orange City: 20.5% Uniting Church, Orange City: 6.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Orange City: 2.6% Christian,nfd, Orange City: 2.5% Baptist, Orange City: 1.2% Pentecostal, Orange City: 1.1% Other Protestant, Orange City: 1.0% Hinduism, Orange City: 0.7% Brethren, Orange City: 0.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Orange City: -289 Anglican, Orange City: -1,002 Uniting Church, Orange City: -457 Presbyterian and Reformed, Orange City: -22 Christian,nfd, Orange City: -3 Baptist, Orange City: +11 Pentecostal, Orange City: +5 Other Protestant, Orange City: +230 Hinduism, Orange City: +154 Brethren, Orange City: +16
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 Orange City in 2016 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, 69.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.0% said they had no religion, compared with 63.9% and 26.3% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in Orange City was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 29.7% of the population or 11,966 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 (29.7% compared to 23.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.4% compared to 4.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (20.5% compared to 21.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-1,002 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-457 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-289 persons)
  • Other Protestant (+230 persons)
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