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In Parkes Shire, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-420) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2011.

Parkes Shire'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.

Parkes Shire'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
Parkes Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Anglican4,30929.526.64,48331.428.2-174
Western (Roman) Catholic4,30229.526.24,48231.426.6-180
Uniting Church1,2278.45.81,3509.56.6-123
Presbyterian and Reformed7255.04.27755.44.6-50
Baptist4102.81.43412.41.4+69
Christian,nfd2671.81.91871.31.4+80
Pentecostal1621.10.92111.50.9-49
Lutheran1421.00.61671.20.7-25
Brethren730.50.1690.50.1+4
Salvation Army720.50.4530.40.5+19
Buddhism550.40.8360.30.6+19
Seventh Day Adventist240.20.5390.30.5-15
Islam210.10.4140.10.3+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
Parkes Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Christian total11,81481.071.012,23485.673.9-420
Non Christian total1270.92.1740.51.5+53
Non-classifiable religious belief470.30.8300.20.6+17
No religion1,3529.318.41,0367.314.5+316
Not stated1,2528.67.89106.49.5+342

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, Regional NSW: 26.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional NSW: 26.2% Uniting Church, Regional NSW: 5.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NSW: 4.2% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.4% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 1.9% Pentecostal, Regional NSW: 0.9% Lutheran, Regional NSW: 0.6% Brethren, Regional NSW: 0.1% Salvation Army, Regional NSW: 0.4% Anglican, Parkes Shire: 29.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Parkes Shire: 29.5% Uniting Church, Parkes Shire: 8.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Parkes Shire: 5.0% Baptist, Parkes Shire: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Parkes Shire: 1.8% Pentecostal, Parkes Shire: 1.1% Lutheran, Parkes Shire: 1.0% Brethren, Parkes Shire: 0.5% Salvation Army, Parkes Shire: 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 Anglican, Parkes Shire: -174 Western (Roman) Catholic, Parkes Shire: -180 Uniting Church, Parkes Shire: -123 Presbyterian and Reformed, Parkes Shire: -50 Baptist, Parkes Shire: +69 Christian,nfd, Parkes Shire: +80 Pentecostal, Parkes Shire: -49 Lutheran, Parkes Shire: -25 Brethren, Parkes Shire: +4 Salvation Army, Parkes Shire: +19
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 Parkes Shire 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, 81.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 9.3% said they had no religion, compared with 73.0% and 18.4% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in Parkes Shire was Anglican, with 29.5% of the population or 4,309 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Parkes Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (29.5% compared to 26.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (29.5% compared to 26.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (8.4% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Baptist (2.8% compared to 1.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-180 persons)
  • Anglican (-174 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-123 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+80 persons)
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