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In Unley Ward, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+378) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

Unley Ward'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.

Unley Ward'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
Unley Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Unley %Number%City of Unley %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic1,14220.019.51,14721.120.5-5
Anglican71212.413.680614.815.7-93
Greek Orthodox3856.75.83877.16.2-2
Uniting Church3305.87.33837.08.8-53
Lutheran1322.33.31312.43.5+1
Buddhism891.61.7811.51.5+9
Christian,nfd871.51.7490.91.1+37
Hinduism761.31.2410.80.6+35
Baptist671.21.6440.81.7+23
Presbyterian and Reformed641.10.9450.81.1+19
Islam480.81.1380.70.7+10
Pentecostal350.60.7310.60.7+4
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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
Unley Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Unley %Number%City of Unley %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total3,01752.755.93,08756.761.2-70
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2504.44.82063.83.5+44
Non-classifiable religious belief
601.10.9611.10.9-1
map this data in atlas.idNo religion1,90133.229.71,52328.024.5+378
Not stated
4938.68.756610.49.9-73

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, City of Unley: 19.5% Anglican, City of Unley: 13.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Unley: 5.8% Uniting Church, City of Unley: 7.3% Lutheran, City of Unley: 3.3% Buddhism, City of Unley: 1.7% Christian,nfd, City of Unley: 1.7% Hinduism, City of Unley: 1.2% Baptist, City of Unley: 1.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Unley: 0.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Unley Ward: 20.0% Anglican, Unley Ward: 12.4% Greek Orthodox, Unley Ward: 6.7% Uniting Church, Unley Ward: 5.8% Lutheran, Unley Ward: 2.3% Buddhism, Unley Ward: 1.6% Christian,nfd, Unley Ward: 1.5% Hinduism, Unley Ward: 1.3% Baptist, Unley Ward: 1.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Unley Ward: 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, Unley Ward: -5 Anglican, Unley Ward: -93 Greek Orthodox, Unley Ward: -2 Uniting Church, Unley Ward: -53 Lutheran, Unley Ward: +1 Buddhism, Unley Ward: +9 Christian,nfd, Unley Ward: +37 Hinduism, Unley Ward: +35 Baptist, Unley Ward: +23 Presbyterian and Reformed, Unley Ward: +19
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 Unley Ward in 2011 compared to the City of Unley shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 57.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 33.2% said they had no religion, compared with 60.7% and 29.7% respectively for the City of Unley.

The largest single religion in Unley Ward was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 20.0% of the population or 1,142 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (5.8% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (12.4% compared to 13.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-93 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-53 persons)