Australian Religious Groups – Census 2016
Australian religious groups

Plebiscite vote.

Australian religious groups census results

Australia recently held a plebiscite to ask the nation if marriage between gay people is acceptable by many Australians. This has been a big deal here and the yes vote won the day quite handsomely.

The marriage equality bill will become law before Xmas this year.

For many Aussies their religion played a huge part in their decision.

It got me wondering, how many different religions are practiced in Oz as well as how much support does each dominion actually have?

In 2016 Australia had their latest census, so what better place to look.

National Census Results 2016

What must be disappointing for many ‘believers’ is that the 2016 Census data reveals that over 30% of Australians have no religion. That’s an increase of about 8% since 2011.

St Marys Cathedral

I have been lucky enough to visit this beautiful Cathedral in Sydney.

Religion Top 20 – Australia

2016 2011
No religion – 30.1% Catholic – 25.3%
Catholic – 22.6% No religion – 22.3%
Anglican – 13.3% Anglican – 17.1%
Uniting Church – 3.7% Uniting Church 5.0%
Christian, (Not further defined)– 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed – 2.8%
Islam – 2.6% Eastern Orthodox – 2.6%
Buddhism – 2.4% Buddhism – 2.5%
Presbyterian and Reformed – 2.3% Islam 2.2%
Eastern Orthodox – 2.1% Christian (Not further defined) 2.2%
Hinduism – 1.9% Baptist – 1.6%
Baptist – 1.5% Hinduism 1.3%
Pentecostal – 1.1% Lutheran – 1.2%
Lutheran – 0.7% Pentecostal 1.1%
Sikhism – 0.5% Judaism – 0.5%
Other Protestant – 0.5% Jehovah’s Witnesses – 0.4%
Judaism – 0.4% Sikhism – 0.3%
Jehovah’s Witnesses – 0.4% Seventh–day Adventist – 0.3%
Seventh-day Adventist – 0.3% Other Protestant – 0.3%
Latter-day Saints – 0.3% Salvation Army – 0.3%
Oriental Orthodox – 0.2% Latter-day Saints – 0.3%

 

My quick conclusion

Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Buddhism are all increasing religious beliefs with Hinduism having the most significant growth driven by immigration from South Asia.

Still, overall their numbers are not very big.

What I find interesting is that 39% of young people between the ages of 18-34 belong to no Australian religious groups and about 12% are affiliated to religions other than Christianity.

Also, the census results showed that many people over 65 years reported that they are Christians.

Of the states, New South Wales with religious affiliation of 66% came out tops while Tasmania (53%) was the lowest.

You can find more  information on religion in the Census, here Religion Data Summary.

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