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In Parkes Shire, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-1,230) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Parkes Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic3,99027.323.84,30229.526.2-312
Anglican3,70825.421.94,30929.526.6-601
Uniting Church1,0126.94.51,2278.45.8-215
Presbyterian and Reformed6474.43.57255.04.2-78
Baptist3992.71.34102.81.4-11
Christian,nfd2922.02.22671.81.9+25
Pentecostal2241.50.91621.10.9+62
Lutheran830.60.41421.00.6-59
Buddhism570.40.8550.40.8+2
Brethren560.40.1730.50.1-17
Salvation Army410.30.3720.50.4-31
Seventh Day Adventist380.30.4240.20.5+14
Hinduism320.20.4170.10.3+15
Islam300.20.5210.10.4+9
Other Protestant300.20.3180.10.2+12
Other Oriental Orthodox150.10.0100.10.0+5
Paganism140.10.190.10.1+5
Jehova's Witnesses130.10.4150.10.4-2
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)110.10.1180.10.2-7
Spiritualism100.10.070.00.0+3
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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
Parkes Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Christian total10,58472.561.511,81481.071.0-1,230
Non Christian total1471.02.31270.92.1+20
Non-classifiable religious belief520.40.6470.30.8+5
No religion2,32815.926.31,3529.318.4+976
Not stated1,49210.29.31,2528.67.8+240

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% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.3% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 2.2% Pentecostal, Regional NSW: 0.9% Lutheran, Regional NSW: 0.4% Buddhism, Regional NSW: 0.8% Brethren, Regional NSW: 0.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Parkes Shire: 27.3% Anglican, Parkes Shire: 25.4% Uniting Church, Parkes Shire: 6.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Parkes Shire: 4.4% Baptist, Parkes Shire: 2.7% Christian,nfd, Parkes Shire: 2.0% Pentecostal, Parkes Shire: 1.5% Lutheran, Parkes Shire: 0.6% Buddhism, Parkes Shire: 0.4% Brethren, Parkes Shire: 0.4%
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, Parkes Shire: -312 Anglican, Parkes Shire: -601 Uniting Church, Parkes Shire: -215 Presbyterian and Reformed, Parkes Shire: -78 Baptist, Parkes Shire: -11 Christian,nfd, Parkes Shire: +25 Pentecostal, Parkes Shire: +62 Lutheran, Parkes Shire: -59 Buddhism, Parkes Shire: +2 Brethren, Parkes Shire: -17
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 Parkes Shire 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, 73.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.9% said they had no religion, compared with 63.9% and 26.3% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in Parkes Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.3% of the population or 3,990 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 (27.3% compared to 23.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (25.4% compared to 21.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.9% compared to 4.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Baptist (2.7% compared to 1.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-601 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-312 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-215 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-78 persons)
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