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In the City of Unley, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,669) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Unley'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.

The City of Unley'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
City of Unley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic6,46217.118.97,19919.521.3-737
Anglican4,19411.19.85,00313.612.6-809
Uniting Church2,1165.65.82,7067.37.6-590
Greek Orthodox1,9135.12.52,1255.82.8-212
Lutheran9172.42.11,2053.33.1-288
Christian,nfd7281.92.86201.72.3+108
Buddhism6041.62.26161.72.2-12
Hinduism5861.61.74261.21.1+160
Baptist4721.31.75831.61.8-111
Islam4351.22.13911.11.5+44
Presbyterian and Reformed3030.80.93350.91.1-32
Pentecostal1930.51.12470.71.2-54
Sikhism1250.30.6840.20.4+41
Other Protestant1110.30.4540.10.2+57
Churches of Christ780.20.3800.20.3-2
Judaism640.20.1540.10.1+10
Baha'i600.20.1520.10.1+8
Jehova's Witnesses490.10.3560.20.4-7
Salvation Army460.10.2560.20.3-10
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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
City of Unley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total17,89647.448.220,60655.956.7-2,710
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,9735.27.21,7594.85.8+214
Non-classifiable religious belief
2250.60.73350.90.9-110
map this data in atlas.idNo religion14,61138.735.910,94229.728.1+3,669
Not stated
3,0178.08.03,2008.78.5-183

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, Greater Adelaide: 18.9% Anglican, Greater Adelaide: 9.8% Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: 5.8% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.5% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Hinduism, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Islam, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Unley: 17.1% Anglican, City of Unley: 11.1% Uniting Church, City of Unley: 5.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Unley: 5.1% Lutheran, City of Unley: 2.4% Christian,nfd, City of Unley: 1.9% Buddhism, City of Unley: 1.6% Hinduism, City of Unley: 1.6% Baptist, City of Unley: 1.3% Islam, City of Unley: 1.2%
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, City of Unley: -737 Anglican, City of Unley: -809 Uniting Church, City of Unley: -590 Greek Orthodox, City of Unley: -212 Lutheran, City of Unley: -288 Christian,nfd, City of Unley: +108 Buddhism, City of Unley: -12 Hinduism, City of Unley: +160 Baptist, City of Unley: -111 Islam, City of Unley: +44
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 the City of Unley in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 52.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 38.7% said they had no religion, compared with 55.4% and 35.9% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest single religion in the City of Unley was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 17.1% of the population or 6,462 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Unley and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (5.1% compared to 2.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (11.1% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (17.1% compared to 18.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-809 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-737 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-590 persons)
  • Lutheran (-288 persons)
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