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Eastern Region Alliance area

Religion

In Eastern Region Alliance area, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+11,975) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Eastern Region Alliance area - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Unley %Number%City of Unley %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic70,99725.019.571,47125.520.5-474
Anglican36,47912.813.639,92414.315.7-3,445
Uniting Church22,6658.07.324,8718.98.8-2,206
Greek Orthodox9,3363.35.89,3603.36.2-24
Lutheran8,7183.13.39,3293.33.5-611
Christian,nfd6,0532.11.74,2021.51.1+1,851
Baptist4,9231.71.64,9981.81.7-75
Buddhism4,7341.71.73,6221.31.5+1,112
Hinduism3,7911.31.21,7450.60.6+2,046
Islam3,2681.11.11,9430.70.7+1,325
Presbyterian and Reformed3,2191.10.93,2481.21.1-29
Pentecostal3,1871.10.73,6781.30.7-491
Sikhism1,2470.40.23530.10.1+894
Jehova's Witnesses1,0650.40.21,0480.40.2+17
Salvation Army8850.30.29630.30.2-78
Churches of Christ7330.30.29280.30.3-195
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6640.20.17050.30.1-41
Christadelphian5180.20.14900.20.1+28
Other Eastern Orthodox5010.20.14660.20.2+35
Other Non-Christian Religions4750.20.15880.20.1-113
Other Protestant4650.20.15650.20.2-100
Other Christian4560.20.13610.10.1+95
Seventh Day Adventist4050.10.04400.20.0-35
Serbian Orthodox4030.10.14310.20.1-28
Russian Orthodox3970.10.13510.10.1+46
Baha'i3940.10.14150.10.1-21
Judaism3920.10.14360.20.2-44
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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
Eastern Region Alliance area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Unley %Number%City of Unley %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total172,66760.755.9178,38163.761.2-5,714
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total14,9065.24.89,8933.53.5+5,013
Non-classifiable religious belief
2,2110.80.91,9400.70.9+271
map this data in atlas.idNo religion73,14025.729.761,16521.824.5+11,975
Not stated
21,5757.68.728,69610.29.9-7,121

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% 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% Baptist, City of Unley: 1.6% Buddhism, City of Unley: 1.7% Hinduism, City of Unley: 1.2% Islam, City of Unley: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Eastern Region Alliance area: 25.0% Anglican, Eastern Region Alliance area: 12.8% Uniting Church, Eastern Region Alliance area: 8.0% Greek Orthodox, Eastern Region Alliance area: 3.3% Lutheran, Eastern Region Alliance area: 3.1% Christian,nfd, Eastern Region Alliance area: 2.1% Baptist, Eastern Region Alliance area: 1.7% Buddhism, Eastern Region Alliance area: 1.7% Hinduism, Eastern Region Alliance area: 1.3% Islam, Eastern Region Alliance area: 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, Eastern Region Alliance area: -474 Anglican, Eastern Region Alliance area: -3,445 Uniting Church, Eastern Region Alliance area: -2,206 Greek Orthodox, Eastern Region Alliance area: -24 Lutheran, Eastern Region Alliance area: -611 Christian,nfd, Eastern Region Alliance area: +1,851 Baptist, Eastern Region Alliance area: -75 Buddhism, Eastern Region Alliance area: +1,112 Hinduism, Eastern Region Alliance area: +2,046 Islam, Eastern Region Alliance area: +1,325
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 Eastern Region Alliance area in 2011 compared to the City of Unley shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 65.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.7% said they had no religion, compared with 60.7% and 29.7% respectively for the City of Unley.

The largest single religion in Eastern Region Alliance area was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.0% of the population or 70,997 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (25.0% compared to 19.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (3.3% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Eastern Region Alliance area between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-3,445 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-2,206 persons)
  • Hinduism (+2,046 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,851 persons)