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Limestone Coast region

Religion

In the Limestone Coast region, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,791) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Limestone Coast region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic11,76918.715.211,19318.015.0+576
Anglican7,62512.112.37,95912.812.9-334
Uniting Church7,13211.313.47,73712.414.7-605
Presbyterian and Reformed3,6415.82.03,9656.42.1-324
Lutheran2,7844.48.92,7514.49.2+33
Christian,nfd1,2852.02.29711.61.6+314
Baptist8691.41.27431.21.2+126
Pentecostal7651.21.27601.21.2+5
Salvation Army3340.50.43570.60.5-23
Buddhism3130.50.52160.30.3+97
Churches of Christ2770.40.53280.50.6-51
Islam2520.40.3970.20.2+155
Jehova's Witnesses2280.40.42150.30.5+13
Brethren1610.30.11610.30.10
Greek Orthodox1580.30.71740.30.8-16
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1060.20.21270.20.2-21
Hinduism850.10.1360.10.1+49
Seventh Day Adventist820.10.2890.10.2-7
Other Protestant690.10.1520.10.1+17
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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
Limestone Coast region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2006 to 2011
Christian total37,36759.259.437,65460.560.8-287
Non Christian total8771.41.75250.81.1+352
Non-classifiable religious belief4790.80.72950.50.5+184
No religion18,63929.628.115,84825.524.5+2,791
Not stated5,7149.110.27,90712.713.0-2,193

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 SA: 15.2% Anglican, Regional SA: 12.3% Uniting Church, Regional SA: 13.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional SA: 2.0% Lutheran, Regional SA: 8.9% Christian,nfd, Regional SA: 2.2% Baptist, Regional SA: 1.2% Pentecostal, Regional SA: 1.2% Salvation Army, Regional SA: 0.4% Buddhism, Regional SA: 0.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Limestone Coast region: 18.7% Anglican, Limestone Coast region: 12.1% Uniting Church, Limestone Coast region: 11.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Limestone Coast region: 5.8% Lutheran, Limestone Coast region: 4.4% Christian,nfd, Limestone Coast region: 2.0% Baptist, Limestone Coast region: 1.4% Pentecostal, Limestone Coast region: 1.2% Salvation Army, Limestone Coast region: 0.5% Buddhism, Limestone Coast region: 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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Limestone Coast region: +576 Anglican, Limestone Coast region: -334 Uniting Church, Limestone Coast region: -605 Presbyterian and Reformed, Limestone Coast region: -324 Lutheran, Limestone Coast region: +33 Christian,nfd, Limestone Coast region: +314 Baptist, Limestone Coast region: +126 Pentecostal, Limestone Coast region: +5 Salvation Army, Limestone Coast region: -23 Buddhism, Limestone Coast region: +97
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 Limestone Coast region in 2011 compared to Regional SA shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.6% said they had no religion, compared with 61.1% and 28.1% respectively for Regional SA.

The largest single religion in the Limestone Coast region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 18.7% of the population or 11,769 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 (5.8% compared to 2.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (18.7% compared to 15.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Lutheran (4.4% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (11.3% compared to 13.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Limestone Coast region between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Uniting Church (-605 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+576 persons)
  • Anglican (-334 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-324 persons)
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