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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Religion

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+9,021) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

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)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic64,49925.523.661,22925.823.5+3,270
Anglican60,16623.820.560,04725.321.7+118
Uniting Church17,2156.86.718,0487.67.5-833
Presbyterian and Reformed11,7544.63.811,9825.14.0-228
Lutheran10,3984.12.010,5484.52.1-150
Christian,nfd8,7193.42.95,6632.41.9+3,056
Baptist4,1481.61.73,7201.61.6+428
Pentecostal4,0551.61.54,0091.71.5+46
Churches of Christ2,1070.80.32,1810.90.3-74
Jehova's Witnesses1,5410.60.71,4680.60.7+73
Buddhism1,3990.61.09190.40.7+480
Seventh Day Adventist1,0800.40.41,0010.40.4+79
Islam1,0220.40.44320.20.3+590
Salvation Army1,0170.40.31,0640.40.4-47
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6810.30.35980.30.3+83
Hinduism6790.30.34100.20.2+269
Other Protestant5210.20.36220.30.3-101
Brethren5150.20.15630.20.2-48
Other Christian3260.10.23470.10.2-21
Greek Orthodox2970.10.32930.10.4+4
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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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Christian total189,26174.865.7183,60877.567.0+5,652
Non Christian total4,1081.62.42,4701.01.7+1,638
Non-classifiable religious belief1,3420.50.81,1240.50.7+218
No religion36,99914.621.327,97811.818.4+9,021
Not stated21,2308.49.821,6949.212.3-465

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 QLD: 23.6% Anglican, Regional QLD: 20.5% Uniting Church, Regional QLD: 6.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional QLD: 3.8% Lutheran, Regional QLD: 2.0% Christian,nfd, Regional QLD: 2.9% Baptist, Regional QLD: 1.7% Pentecostal, Regional QLD: 1.5% Churches of Christ, Regional QLD: 0.3% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional QLD: 0.7% Western (Roman) Catholic, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 25.5% Anglican, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 23.8% Uniting Church, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.6% Lutheran, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.1% Christian,nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.4% Baptist, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.6% Pentecostal, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.6% Churches of Christ, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.8% Jehova's Witnesses, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.6%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,270 Anglican, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +118 Uniting Church, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -833 Presbyterian and Reformed, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -228 Lutheran, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -150 Christian,nfd, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,056 Baptist, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +428 Pentecostal, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +46 Churches of Christ, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -74 Jehova's Witnesses, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +73
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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 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, 76.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 14.6% said they had no religion, compared with 68.1% and 21.3% respectively for Regional QLD.

The largest single religion in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.5% of the population or 64,499 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 (23.8% compared to 20.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (4.1% compared to 2.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (25.5% compared to 23.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+3,270 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+3,056 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-833 persons)
  • Islam (+590 persons)
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