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In the City of Unley, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,113) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
City of Unley - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic7,19919.521.37,38320.521.7-184
Anglican5,00313.612.65,64815.714.0-645
Uniting Church2,7067.37.63,1758.88.6-469
Greek Orthodox2,1255.82.82,2256.22.9-100
Lutheran1,2053.33.11,2683.53.3-63
Christian,nfd6201.72.34061.11.6+214
Buddhism6161.72.25261.51.9+90
Baptist5831.61.85961.71.9-13
Hinduism4261.21.12090.60.4+217
Islam3911.11.52370.70.8+154
Presbyterian and Reformed3350.91.14111.11.2-76
Pentecostal2470.71.22410.71.4+6
Sikhism840.20.4330.10.1+51
Churches of Christ800.20.31120.30.4-32
Jehova's Witnesses560.20.4560.20.40
Salvation Army560.20.3620.20.3-6
Judaism540.10.1750.20.1-21
Other Protestant540.10.2720.20.2-18
Other Eastern Orthodox520.10.2630.20.2-11
Baha'i520.10.1380.10.1+14
Christadelphian430.10.2300.10.2+13
Russian Orthodox420.10.1380.10.1+4
Other Non-Christian Religions380.10.1300.10.1+8
Other Christian380.10.1490.10.1-11
Paganism370.10.1320.10.1+5
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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
City of Unley - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total20,60655.956.722,02161.259.5-1,415
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,7594.85.81,2573.53.9+502
Non-classifiable religious belief
3350.90.93130.90.7+22
map this data in atlas.idNo religion10,94229.728.18,82924.524.2+2,113
Not stated
3,2008.78.53,5789.911.7-378

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 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Adelaide: 21.3% Anglican, Greater Adelaide: 12.6% Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: 7.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 3.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.3% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Baptist, Greater Adelaide: 1.8% Hinduism, Greater Adelaide: 1.1% Islam, Greater Adelaide: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Unley: 19.5% Anglican, City of Unley: 13.6% Uniting Church, City of Unley: 7.3% Greek Orthodox, City of Unley: 5.8% Lutheran, City of Unley: 3.3% Christian,nfd, City of Unley: 1.7% Buddhism, City of Unley: 1.7% Baptist, City of Unley: 1.6% Hinduism, City of Unley: 1.2% Islam, City of Unley: 1.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Unley: -184 Anglican, City of Unley: -645 Uniting Church, City of Unley: -469 Greek Orthodox, City of Unley: -100 Lutheran, City of Unley: -63 Christian,nfd, City of Unley: +214 Buddhism, City of Unley: +90 Baptist, City of Unley: -13 Hinduism, City of Unley: +217 Islam, City of Unley: +154
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 the City of Unley in 2011 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, 60.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.7% said they had no religion, compared with 62.5% and 28.1% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest single religion in the City of Unley was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.5% of the population or 7,199 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 (5.8% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.5% compared to 21.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the City of Unley between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-645 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-469 persons)
  • Hinduism (+217 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+214 persons)