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Religion

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In the City of West Torrens, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+5,032) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of West Torrens'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 West Torrens'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 West Torrens - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic12,35221.318.913,42424.421.3-1,072
Greek Orthodox4,9158.52.55,2479.52.8-332
Anglican3,7826.59.84,8308.812.6-1,048
Uniting Church2,7914.85.83,5606.57.6-769
Hinduism1,9483.41.71,1322.11.1+816
Islam1,6072.82.11,4182.61.5+189
Christian,nfd1,2082.12.89131.72.3+295
Buddhism1,1562.02.21,2882.32.2-132
Lutheran1,0881.92.11,5052.73.1-417
Sikhism1,0441.80.66791.20.4+365
Baptist6051.01.77371.31.8-132
Pentecostal3930.71.14410.81.2-48
Presbyterian and Reformed3570.60.94150.81.1-58
Other Protestant1840.30.4920.20.2+92
Serbian Orthodox1700.30.31870.30.3-17
Churches of Christ1660.30.32040.40.3-38
Coptic Orthodox1350.20.1910.20.0+44
Jehova's Witnesses1320.20.31300.20.4+2
Other Oriental Orthodox1040.20.1510.10.0+53
Baha'i880.20.1700.10.1+18
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)690.10.2790.10.2-10
Christadelphian670.10.2800.10.2-13
Other Non-Christian Religions670.10.1580.10.1+9
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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 West Torrens - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total28,83849.848.232,46059.156.7-3,622
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6,04710.47.24,8258.85.8+1,222
Non-classifiable religious belief
4000.70.75100.90.9-110
map this data in atlas.idNo religion18,12231.335.913,09023.828.1+5,032
Not stated
4,4857.78.04,0767.48.5+409

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% Greek Orthodox, Greater Adelaide: 2.5% Anglican, Greater Adelaide: 9.8% Uniting Church, Greater Adelaide: 5.8% Hinduism, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Islam, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Christian,nfd, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Buddhism, Greater Adelaide: 2.2% Lutheran, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Sikhism, Greater Adelaide: 0.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of West Torrens: 21.3% Greek Orthodox, City of West Torrens: 8.5% Anglican, City of West Torrens: 6.5% Uniting Church, City of West Torrens: 4.8% Hinduism, City of West Torrens: 3.4% Islam, City of West Torrens: 2.8% Christian,nfd, City of West Torrens: 2.1% Buddhism, City of West Torrens: 2.0% Lutheran, City of West Torrens: 1.9% Sikhism, City of West Torrens: 1.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of West Torrens: -1,072 Greek Orthodox, City of West Torrens: -332 Anglican, City of West Torrens: -1,048 Uniting Church, City of West Torrens: -769 Hinduism, City of West Torrens: +816 Islam, City of West Torrens: +189 Christian,nfd, City of West Torrens: +295 Buddhism, City of West Torrens: -132 Lutheran, City of West Torrens: -417 Sikhism, City of West Torrens: +365
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 West Torrens in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 31.3% said they had no religion, compared with 55.4% and 35.9% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest single religion in the City of West Torrens was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.3% of the population or 12,352 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (8.5% compared to 2.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (21.3% compared to 18.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (3.4% compared to 1.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (6.5% compared to 9.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,072 persons)
  • Anglican (-1,048 persons)
  • Hinduism (+816 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-769 persons)
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