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Charlestown Electoral Division
Religion

In 2011, the largest religious group in the Charlestown Electoral Division was Western (Roman) Catholic.

The Charlestown Electoral Division'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 Charlestown Electoral Division'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 NSW population

Religion - Ranked by size
Charlestown Electoral Division - Total persons20112006Change
ReligionNumberCharlestown Electoral Division %New South Wales %NumberCharlestown Electoral Division %New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic17,87225.427.017,68825.727.7+184
Anglican17,06924.219.918,17726.421.8-1,108
Uniting Church5,2437.43.95,8828.64.6-639
Presbyterian and Reformed2,5943.73.12,8734.23.3-279
Baptist1,5302.21.41,3802.01.5+150
Christian,nfd1,4172.01.81,0781.61.4+339
Pentecostal1,0651.51.09491.41.1+115
Buddhism6070.92.94370.62.6+170
Greek Orthodox5050.71.95850.92.0-80
Macedonian Orthodox4160.60.33760.50.3+40
Salvation Army2940.40.32780.40.3+16
Lutheran2870.40.52800.40.5+7
Hinduism2390.31.71430.21.1+96
Seventh Day Adventist2310.30.32140.30.3+17
Islam2060.33.21360.22.6+70
Jehovah's Witnesses2010.30.31930.30.3+8
Other Eastern Orthodox1840.30.41880.30.5-4
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1820.30.22220.30.2-39
Other Protestant1330.20.3850.10.3+49
Churches of Christ840.10.1920.10.1-8
Other Christian740.10.1760.10.1-1
Brethren730.10.11090.20.1-36
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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.

Religion - Summary
Charlestown Electoral Division - Total persons20112006Change
Religion totalsNumberCharlestown Electoral Division %New South Wales %NumberCharlestown Electoral Division %New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Christian total49,64570.564.550,93974.167.7-1,293
Non Christian total1,2681.89.19061.37.4+362
Non-classifiable religious belief5600.80.73660.50.6+194
No religion14,58420.717.910,46615.214.3+4,118
Not stated4,3566.27.76,0798.810.1-1,723

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, Total New South Wales population: 27.0% Anglican, Total New South Wales population: 19.9% Uniting Church, Total New South Wales population: 3.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Total New South Wales population: 3.1% Baptist, Total New South Wales population: 1.4% Christian,nfd, Total New South Wales population: 1.8% Pentecostal, Total New South Wales population: 1.0% Buddhism, Total New South Wales population: 2.9% Greek Orthodox, Total New South Wales population: 1.9% Macedonian Orthodox, Total New South Wales population: 0.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Charlestown Electoral Division: 25.4% Anglican, Charlestown Electoral Division: 24.2% Uniting Church, Charlestown Electoral Division: 7.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Charlestown Electoral Division: 3.7% Baptist, Charlestown Electoral Division: 2.2% Christian,nfd, Charlestown Electoral Division: 2.0% Pentecostal, Charlestown Electoral Division: 1.5% Buddhism, Charlestown Electoral Division: 0.9% Greek Orthodox, Charlestown Electoral Division: 0.7% Macedonian Orthodox, Charlestown Electoral Division: 0.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Charlestown Electoral Division: +184 Anglican, Charlestown Electoral Division: -1,108 Uniting Church, Charlestown Electoral Division: -639 Presbyterian and Reformed, Charlestown Electoral Division: -279 Baptist, Charlestown Electoral Division: +150 Christian,nfd, Charlestown Electoral Division: +339 Pentecostal, Charlestown Electoral Division: +115 Buddhism, Charlestown Electoral Division: +170 Greek Orthodox, Charlestown Electoral Division: -80 Macedonian Orthodox, Charlestown Electoral Division: +40
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 affiliations of the Charlestown Electoral Division's population compared to the New South Wales total population shows that in 2011 there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 72.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 20.7% said they had no religion, compared with 73.6% and 17.9% respectively for the New South Wales total population.

The largest single religion in the Charlestown Electoral Division was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.4% of the population or 17,872 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliations by the Charlestown Electoral Division's population and the New South Wales total population were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (24.2% compared to 19.9%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (7.4% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.3% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.9% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the Charlestown Electoral Division's population between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-1,108 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-639 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+339 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-279 persons)