Thursday, 21 June 2012

Census 2011 results released

On my old blog I expressed my support for a campaign to promote marking 'No religion' on last year's census. I know a lot of people mark themselves as 'Christian' more for familial history and tradition rather than actual religious belief, and wish that the statistics more accurately reflected actual belief. The Census results have now been released, and there was a significant rise in the number of people disassociating themselves from religion:
The number of people reporting 'No Religion' also increased strongly, from 15% of the population in 2001 to 22% in 2011. This is most evident amongst younger people, with 28% of people aged 15-34 reporting they had no religious affiliation.

That's 4,796,787 people marking 'No religion' in Australia, second only to 'Catholic' which had 5,439,268.

I note that here in Trinity Beach the 'No religion' response achieved 29.5%, and was the #1 response.  The Cairns region came in at 25%, just beating out 'Catholic' at 24.9%.

So, the situation is improving, but we explicitly non-religious folk are still outnumbered by the pooled nominal and actual Christians.

Explore the census data at the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

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