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Religion

In Tamworth Regional Council, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,971) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

Tamworth Regional Council'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.

Tamworth Regional Council'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
Tamworth Regional Council - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Anglican20,35736.226.620,62738.428.2-271
Western (Roman) Catholic14,60725.926.214,22626.526.6+381
Uniting Church3,0935.55.83,3956.36.6-303
Presbyterian and Reformed2,8125.04.22,8445.34.6-33
Christian,nfd1,0841.91.98741.61.4+210
Baptist6251.11.45861.11.4+39
Pentecostal3640.60.93720.70.9-8
Salvation Army2540.50.42910.50.5-37
Jehova's Witnesses2530.40.42540.50.4-1
Buddhism2030.40.81380.30.6+65
Lutheran1710.30.61920.40.7-21
Brethren1490.30.11480.30.1+1
Seventh Day Adventist1440.30.51110.20.5+33
Hinduism890.20.3510.10.2+38
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)790.10.2910.20.2-12
Islam780.10.4630.10.3+15
Greek Orthodox650.10.5630.10.5+2
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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
Tamworth Regional Council - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total44,20078.571.044,25282.573.9-52
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total5681.02.13800.71.5+187
Non-classifiable religious belief
3280.60.81780.30.6+150
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,07012.618.45,0989.514.5+1,971
Not stated
4,1287.37.83,7527.09.5+375

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 Anglican, Regional NSW: 26.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional NSW: 26.2% Uniting Church, Regional NSW: 5.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional NSW: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Regional NSW: 1.9% Baptist, Regional NSW: 1.4% Pentecostal, Regional NSW: 0.9% Salvation Army, Regional NSW: 0.4% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional NSW: 0.4% Buddhism, Regional NSW: 0.8% Anglican, Tamworth Regional Council: 36.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Tamworth Regional Council: 25.9% Uniting Church, Tamworth Regional Council: 5.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Tamworth Regional Council: 5.0% Christian,nfd, Tamworth Regional Council: 1.9% Baptist, Tamworth Regional Council: 1.1% Pentecostal, Tamworth Regional Council: 0.6% Salvation Army, Tamworth Regional Council: 0.5% Jehova's Witnesses, Tamworth Regional Council: 0.4% Buddhism, Tamworth Regional Council: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Anglican, Tamworth Regional Council: -271 Western (Roman) Catholic, Tamworth Regional Council: +381 Uniting Church, Tamworth Regional Council: -303 Presbyterian and Reformed, Tamworth Regional Council: -33 Christian,nfd, Tamworth Regional Council: +210 Baptist, Tamworth Regional Council: +39 Pentecostal, Tamworth Regional Council: -8 Salvation Army, Tamworth Regional Council: -37 Jehova's Witnesses, Tamworth Regional Council: -1 Buddhism, Tamworth Regional Council: +65
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 Tamworth Regional Council in 2011 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 79.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 12.6% said they had no religion, compared with 73.0% and 18.4% respectively for Regional NSW.

The largest single religion in Tamworth Regional Council was Anglican, with 36.2% of the population or 20,357 people as adherents.

The major difference between the religious affiliation for the population of Tamworth Regional Council and Regional NSW was:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (36.2% compared to 26.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+381 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-303 persons)
  • Anglican (-271 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+210 persons)
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