Jess Curtis at the historic church in Channon St as Census results show more people than ever reporting “no religion” as their affiliation.
Jess Curtis at the historic church in Channon St as Census results show more people than ever reporting “no religion” as their affiliation. Renee Pilcher

Census: losing our religion

ATHEISM is on the rise throughout the Gympie region, a trend that is reflected in most districts and indeed throughout Queensland and the nation.

The number of people identifying as having no religious affiliation rose 3.6% throughout Australia.

People reporting "no religion" increased significantly from 18.7% of the population in 2006 to 22.3% in 2011. Hinduism experienced the fastest growth of all religions in Australia, increasing from 148,130 in 2006 to 275,534 in 2011.

And Christianity remained the most commonly reported religion: at 61.1% of the population, it was down 2.8% since the 2006 Census.

There was an increase in the number of people not reporting a Christian faith from 36.1% in 2006 to 38.9% in 2011. The most common non-Christian religions in 2011 were Buddhism (2.5% of the population), Islam (2.2%) and Hinduism (1.3%).

Almost a quarter of Gympie region's residents listed "no religion" as their affiliation on the 2011 Census form (24%), up from 21% at the 2006 Census.

Anglicans made up the next biggest group in the Gympie region (18.8%), Catholics (17.5%), Uniting Church (10.8%) and non-denominational Christians (3.6%).

In Kilkivan, it was a different story, with the largest "religious affiliation" Anglican (22.7%), followed by no religion and then Catholic.

But almost 29% of the Imbil population listed "no religion" as their affiliation, followed by Anglican (21%) and Uniting Church (13.4%).

The trend at Cooloola Cove was the same, with more than 24% listing "no religion" and the next biggest group Anglican (21.7%).

Almost 58% of the population at Cooloola Cove is married but almost 22% have never married.

Gympie Times


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