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Limestone Coast region

Religion

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In the Limestone Coast region, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+5,261) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The Limestone Coast 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 Limestone Coast 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
Limestone Coast region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic10,91816.914.511,76918.715.2-851
Anglican6,60110.210.77,62512.112.3-1,024
Uniting Church5,8829.111.47,13211.313.4-1,250
Presbyterian and Reformed3,1124.81.73,6415.82.0-529
Lutheran2,1403.36.52,7844.48.9-644
Christian,nfd1,5462.42.71,2852.02.2+261
Baptist9991.51.28691.41.2+130
Pentecostal7691.21.17651.21.2+4
Islam5100.80.42520.40.3+258
Buddhism4100.60.63130.50.5+97
Salvation Army2600.40.33340.50.4-74
Churches of Christ2200.30.42770.40.5-57
Other Protestant2130.30.3690.10.1+144
Jehova's Witnesses2060.30.42280.40.4-22
Greek Orthodox1400.20.61580.30.7-18
Seventh Day Adventist1160.20.2820.10.2+34
Brethren1150.20.11610.30.1-46
Hinduism1040.20.2850.10.1+19
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1030.20.21060.20.2-3
Paganism670.10.1550.10.1+12
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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
Limestone Coast region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2011 to 2016
Christian total33,41651.652.537,36759.259.4-3,951
Non Christian total1,2181.91.88771.41.7+341
Non-classifiable religious belief3520.50.64790.80.7-127
No religion23,90036.935.318,63929.628.1+5,261
Not stated5,9099.19.85,7149.110.2+195

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 SA: 14.5% Anglican, Regional SA: 10.7% Uniting Church, Regional SA: 11.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional SA: 1.7% Lutheran, Regional SA: 6.5% Christian,nfd, Regional SA: 2.7% Baptist, Regional SA: 1.2% Pentecostal, Regional SA: 1.1% Islam, Regional SA: 0.4% Buddhism, Regional SA: 0.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Limestone Coast region: 16.9% Anglican, Limestone Coast region: 10.2% Uniting Church, Limestone Coast region: 9.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Limestone Coast region: 4.8% Lutheran, Limestone Coast region: 3.3% Christian,nfd, Limestone Coast region: 2.4% Baptist, Limestone Coast region: 1.5% Pentecostal, Limestone Coast region: 1.2% Islam, Limestone Coast region: 0.8% Buddhism, Limestone Coast region: 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, Limestone Coast region: -851 Anglican, Limestone Coast region: -1,024 Uniting Church, Limestone Coast region: -1,250 Presbyterian and Reformed, Limestone Coast region: -529 Lutheran, Limestone Coast region: -644 Christian,nfd, Limestone Coast region: +261 Baptist, Limestone Coast region: +130 Pentecostal, Limestone Coast region: +4 Islam, Limestone Coast region: +258 Buddhism, Limestone Coast region: +97
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 Limestone Coast region in 2016 compared to Regional SA shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 53.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 36.9% said they had no religion, compared with 54.3% and 35.3% respectively for Regional SA.

The largest single religion in the Limestone Coast region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 16.9% of the population or 10,918 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Limestone Coast region and Regional SA were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (4.8% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (16.9% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Lutheran (3.3% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (9.1% compared to 11.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Limestone Coast region between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Uniting Church (-1,250 persons)
  • Anglican (-1,024 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-851 persons)
  • Lutheran (-644 persons)
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