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In Western Rural, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-443) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

Western Rural'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.

Western Rural'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
Western Rural - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Tamworth Regional Council %Number%Tamworth Regional Council %2011 to 2016
Anglican1,00333.330.01,22537.536.2-222
Western (Roman) Catholic69923.224.479924.525.9-99
Uniting Church1655.54.42327.15.5-67
Presbyterian and Reformed1464.94.21835.65.0-37
Christian,nfd561.91.8431.31.9+13
Baptist411.41.1421.31.10

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
Western Rural - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Tamworth Regional Council %Number%Tamworth Regional Council %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total2,15471.569.22,59779.678.5-443
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total50.21.5210.61.0-16
Non-classifiable religious belief
60.20.4250.80.6-18
map this data in atlas.idNo religion48216.019.640912.512.6+73
Not stated
34111.39.32116.57.3+130

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 Anglican, Tamworth Regional Council: 30.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Tamworth Regional Council: 24.4% Uniting Church, Tamworth Regional Council: 4.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Tamworth Regional Council: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Tamworth Regional Council: 1.8% Baptist, Tamworth Regional Council: 1.1% Anglican, Western Rural: 33.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Western Rural: 23.2% Uniting Church, Western Rural: 5.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Western Rural: 4.9% Christian,nfd, Western Rural: 1.9% Baptist, Western Rural: 1.4%
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 Anglican, Western Rural: -222 Western (Roman) Catholic, Western Rural: -99 Uniting Church, Western Rural: -67 Presbyterian and Reformed, Western Rural: -37 Christian,nfd, Western Rural: +13 Baptist, Western Rural: 0
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 Western Rural in 2016 compared to Tamworth Regional Council shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 71.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 16.0% said they had no religion, compared with 70.8% and 19.6% respectively for Tamworth Regional Council.

The largest single religion in Western Rural was Anglican, with 33.3% of the population or 1,003 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Western Rural and Tamworth Regional Council were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (33.3% compared to 30.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (5.5% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (23.2% compared to 24.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-222 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-99 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-67 persons)
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