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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Religion

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In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+15,061) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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.

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic63,28224.022.064,49925.523.6-1,217
Anglican54,64220.717.160,16623.820.5-5,524
Uniting Church15,6685.95.617,2156.86.7-1,547
Presbyterian and Reformed10,9494.13.211,7544.63.8-805
Christian,nfd10,2253.93.08,7193.42.9+1,506
Lutheran8,1293.11.310,3984.12.0-2,269
Pentecostal4,2181.61.54,0551.61.5+163
Baptist4,0021.51.64,1481.61.7-146
Churches of Christ1,7730.70.22,1070.80.3-334
Islam1,7420.70.51,0220.40.4+720
Buddhism1,7370.71.11,3990.61.0+338
Hinduism1,5000.60.56790.30.3+821
Jehova's Witnesses1,4760.60.61,5410.60.7-65
Other Protestant1,1000.40.45210.20.3+579
Seventh Day Adventist1,0840.40.41,0800.40.4+4
Salvation Army8520.30.31,0170.40.3-165
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6450.20.36810.30.3-36
Brethren4440.20.15150.20.1-71
Sikhism4300.20.2990.00.1+331
Other Christian3430.10.13260.10.2+17
Greek Orthodox2940.10.32970.10.3-3
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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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Christian total179,44867.958.4189,26174.865.7-9,813
Non Christian total6,3482.42.74,1081.62.4+2,240
Non-classifiable religious belief1,1760.40.61,3420.50.8-166
No religion52,06019.728.236,99914.621.3+15,061
Not stated25,0799.510.121,2308.49.8+3,849

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 QLD: 22.0% Anglican, Regional QLD: 17.1% Uniting Church, Regional QLD: 5.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional QLD: 3.2% Christian,nfd, Regional QLD: 3.0% Lutheran, Regional QLD: 1.3% Pentecostal, Regional QLD: 1.5% Baptist, Regional QLD: 1.6% Churches of Christ, Regional QLD: 0.2% Islam, Regional QLD: 0.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 24.0% Anglican, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 20.7% Uniting Church, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.1% Christian,nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.9% Lutheran, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.1% Pentecostal, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.6% Baptist, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.5% Churches of Christ, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.7% Islam, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.7%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,217 Anglican, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -5,524 Uniting Church, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,547 Presbyterian and Reformed, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -805 Christian,nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,506 Lutheran, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -2,269 Pentecostal, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +163 Baptist, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -146 Churches of Christ, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -334 Islam, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +720
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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 70.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 19.7% said they had no religion, compared with 61.1% and 28.2% respectively for Regional QLD.

The largest single religion in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 24.0% of the population or 63,282 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (20.7% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (24.0% compared to 22.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (3.1% compared to 1.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-5,524 persons)
  • Lutheran (-2,269 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,547 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,506 persons)
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