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In Rockhampton, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,115) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Rockhampton'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.

Rockhampton'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
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic19,84325.823.619,07226.423.5+771
Anglican15,13419.720.515,30921.221.7-175
Uniting Church6,0697.96.76,5519.17.5-482
Presbyterian and Reformed3,5274.63.83,6995.14.0-172
Christian,nfd2,0352.62.99791.41.9+1,056
Baptist1,9582.51.71,8312.51.6+127
Lutheran7651.02.07211.02.1+44
Pentecostal7050.91.51,0751.51.5-370
Salvation Army6340.80.36770.90.4-43
Buddhism5580.71.03430.50.7+215
Hinduism4290.60.32140.30.2+215
Islam3910.50.41380.20.3+253
Jehova's Witnesses3720.50.73500.50.7+22
Seventh Day Adventist2450.30.42010.30.4+44
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2420.30.32490.30.3-7
Other Protestant1340.20.31590.20.3-25
Greek Orthodox1060.10.3820.10.4+24
Churches of Christ1030.10.31210.20.3-18
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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
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total52,06767.865.751,28470.967.0+783
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,7212.22.49141.31.7+807
Non-classifiable religious belief
4520.60.83230.40.7+129
map this data in atlas.idNo religion14,28118.621.311,16615.418.4+3,115
Not stated
8,29710.89.88,61911.912.3-322

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% Christian,nfd, Regional QLD: 2.9% Baptist, Regional QLD: 1.7% Lutheran, Regional QLD: 2.0% Pentecostal, Regional QLD: 1.5% Salvation Army, Regional QLD: 0.3% Buddhism, Regional QLD: 1.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Rockhampton: 25.8% Anglican, Rockhampton: 19.7% Uniting Church, Rockhampton: 7.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Rockhampton: 4.6% Christian,nfd, Rockhampton: 2.6% Baptist, Rockhampton: 2.5% Lutheran, Rockhampton: 1.0% Pentecostal, Rockhampton: 0.9% Salvation Army, Rockhampton: 0.8% Buddhism, Rockhampton: 0.7%
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, Rockhampton: +771 Anglican, Rockhampton: -175 Uniting Church, Rockhampton: -482 Presbyterian and Reformed, Rockhampton: -172 Christian,nfd, Rockhampton: +1,056 Baptist, Rockhampton: +127 Lutheran, Rockhampton: +44 Pentecostal, Rockhampton: -370 Salvation Army, Rockhampton: -43 Buddhism, Rockhampton: +215
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 Rockhampton 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, 70.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 18.6% said they had no religion, compared with 68.1% and 21.3% respectively for Regional QLD.

The largest single religion in Rockhampton was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.8% of the population or 19,843 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (25.8% compared to 23.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (7.9% compared to 6.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Christian,nfd (+1,056 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+771 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-482 persons)
  • Pentecostal (-370 persons)
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