Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Australian census finds unchurched population, minority religions growing

Catholic World News - June 22, 2012

Catholics remain the largest single religious group in Australia, a new census shows. But the number of Australians with no religious affiliation now easily outstrips the number of Anglicans.

The Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim minorities are growing, while the Christian majority is shrinking, the census found.

The statistics show 5.4 million Catholics in Australia, accounting for 25.3% of the population—down 3% from the last census in 2006. The Anglican population dropped 1.6% over the same period, and now stands at 3.7 million. And the overall Christian population is 13.2 million, of 61% of the nation’s people: down 3%.

Bolstered by immigration from Asian countries, Australia’s Buddhists now account for 2.5% of the population (up from 2.2%); Muslims are 2.2% (1.7%), and Hindus are 1.3% (0.7%).

The number of Australians who said they have “no religion” grew to 4.8 million.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,580 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,420.48
53% 47%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20