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Eastern Region Alliance area

Religion

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In Eastern Region Alliance area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+26,413) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Eastern Region Alliance area'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.

Eastern Region Alliance area'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
Eastern Region Alliance area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Tea Tree Gully %Number%City of Tea Tree Gully %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic65,33922.318.970,99725.020.9-5,658
Anglican29,36410.011.036,47912.813.9-7,115
Uniting Church17,9126.17.922,6658.09.9-4,753
Greek Orthodox8,7143.01.39,3363.31.3-622
Christian,nfd6,9692.43.16,0532.13.0+916
Lutheran6,2372.12.78,7183.14.0-2,481
Hinduism5,5261.91.13,7911.30.5+1,735
Buddhism5,2601.81.04,7341.70.8+526
Baptist4,5521.62.24,9231.72.4-371
Islam4,0401.41.13,2681.11.1+772
Pentecostal3,2411.11.83,1871.11.6+54
Presbyterian and Reformed2,7410.91.03,2191.11.3-478
Sikhism1,9850.70.51,2470.40.2+738
Other Protestant9930.30.44650.20.2+528
Jehova's Witnesses9390.30.41,0650.40.5-126
Salvation Army6860.20.48850.30.6-199
Churches of Christ5980.20.27330.30.3-135
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)5730.20.36640.20.3-91
Christadelphian5610.20.45180.20.4+43
Other Non-Christian Religions5540.20.24750.20.2+79
Seventh Day Adventist4080.10.34050.10.3+3
Serbian Orthodox3960.10.14030.10.1-7
Baha'i3810.10.13940.10.1-13
Judaism3640.10.13920.10.0-28
Russian Orthodox3140.10.13970.10.1-83
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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
Eastern Region Alliance area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Tea Tree Gully %Number%City of Tea Tree Gully %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total151,71351.853.0172,66760.761.5-20,954
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total18,5756.34.314,9065.23.1+3,669
Non-classifiable religious belief
1,7230.60.62,2110.80.7-488
map this data in atlas.idNo religion99,55334.035.373,14025.727.1+26,413
Not stated
21,3327.36.821,5757.67.6-243

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, City of Tea Tree Gully: 18.9% Anglican, City of Tea Tree Gully: 11.0% Uniting Church, City of Tea Tree Gully: 7.9% Greek Orthodox, City of Tea Tree Gully: 1.3% Christian,nfd, City of Tea Tree Gully: 3.1% Lutheran, City of Tea Tree Gully: 2.7% Hinduism, City of Tea Tree Gully: 1.1% Buddhism, City of Tea Tree Gully: 1.0% Baptist, City of Tea Tree Gully: 2.2% Islam, City of Tea Tree Gully: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Eastern Region Alliance area: 22.3% Anglican, Eastern Region Alliance area: 10.0% Uniting Church, Eastern Region Alliance area: 6.1% Greek Orthodox, Eastern Region Alliance area: 3.0% Christian,nfd, Eastern Region Alliance area: 2.4% Lutheran, Eastern Region Alliance area: 2.1% Hinduism, Eastern Region Alliance area: 1.9% Buddhism, Eastern Region Alliance area: 1.8% Baptist, Eastern Region Alliance area: 1.6% Islam, Eastern Region Alliance area: 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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Eastern Region Alliance area: -5,658 Anglican, Eastern Region Alliance area: -7,115 Uniting Church, Eastern Region Alliance area: -4,753 Greek Orthodox, Eastern Region Alliance area: -622 Christian,nfd, Eastern Region Alliance area: +916 Lutheran, Eastern Region Alliance area: -2,481 Hinduism, Eastern Region Alliance area: +1,735 Buddhism, Eastern Region Alliance area: +526 Baptist, Eastern Region Alliance area: -371 Islam, Eastern Region Alliance area: +772
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 Eastern Region Alliance area in 2016 compared to the City of Tea Tree Gully shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 58.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 34.0% said they had no religion, compared with 57.3% and 35.3% respectively for the City of Tea Tree Gully.

The largest single religion in Eastern Region Alliance area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.3% of the population or 65,339 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Eastern Region Alliance area and the City of Tea Tree Gully were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.3% compared to 18.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.0% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.1% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.0% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Eastern Region Alliance area between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-7,115 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-5,658 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-4,753 persons)
  • Lutheran (-2,481 persons)
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