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In Rockhampton, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+4,048) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic20,99326.322.019,84325.823.6+1,150
Anglican13,92517.517.115,13419.720.5-1,209
Uniting Church5,4856.95.66,0697.96.7-584
Presbyterian and Reformed3,2434.13.23,5274.63.8-284
Christian,nfd2,1802.73.02,0352.62.9+145
Baptist1,8762.41.61,9582.51.7-82
Pentecostal1,2301.51.57050.91.5+525
Buddhism6750.81.15580.71.0+117
Hinduism6010.80.54290.60.3+172
Lutheran5640.71.37651.02.0-201
Salvation Army5330.70.36340.80.3-101
Islam4750.60.53910.50.4+84
Jehova's Witnesses4030.50.63720.50.7+31
Other Protestant2840.40.41340.20.3+150
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2680.30.32420.30.3+26
Seventh Day Adventist1850.20.42450.30.4-60
Sikhism1450.20.2310.00.1+114
Greek Orthodox820.10.31060.10.3-24
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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
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total51,46264.558.452,06767.865.7-605
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,2402.82.71,7212.22.4+519
Non-classifiable religious belief
3890.50.64520.60.8-63
map this data in atlas.idNo religion18,32923.028.214,28118.621.3+4,048
Not stated
7,2919.110.18,29710.89.8-1,006

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% Baptist, Regional QLD: 1.6% Pentecostal, Regional QLD: 1.5% Buddhism, Regional QLD: 1.1% Hinduism, Regional QLD: 0.5% Lutheran, Regional QLD: 1.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Rockhampton: 26.3% Anglican, Rockhampton: 17.5% Uniting Church, Rockhampton: 6.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Rockhampton: 4.1% Christian,nfd, Rockhampton: 2.7% Baptist, Rockhampton: 2.4% Pentecostal, Rockhampton: 1.5% Buddhism, Rockhampton: 0.8% Hinduism, Rockhampton: 0.8% Lutheran, Rockhampton: 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, Rockhampton: +1,150 Anglican, Rockhampton: -1,209 Uniting Church, Rockhampton: -584 Presbyterian and Reformed, Rockhampton: -284 Christian,nfd, Rockhampton: +145 Baptist, Rockhampton: -82 Pentecostal, Rockhampton: +525 Buddhism, Rockhampton: +117 Hinduism, Rockhampton: +172 Lutheran, Rockhampton: -201
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 Rockhampton 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, 67.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 23.0% said they had no religion, compared with 61.1% and 28.2% respectively for Regional QLD.

The largest single religion in Rockhampton was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.3% of the population or 20,993 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 (26.3% compared to 22.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.9% compared to 5.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-1,209 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+1,150 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-584 persons)
  • Pentecostal (+525 persons)
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