Census Reveals Aussies Are Losing Touch With Religion

"No religion" most popular

Claire Sherwood

27 June 2017

Claire Sherwood

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After crunching the numbers from last year's bungled Census, the Bureau of Statistics has revealed Australians are becoming more culturally diverse, and losing touch with religion. 

In 2016, 30% of people identified as having 'no religion', compared with 25% in 2011. 

Some of the other big takeaways from the data are:

  • The number of Australians speaking only English at home fell from almost 77% in 2011 to almost 73% in 2016. 
  • Nearly half of the population are either first or second generation Australians - either being born overseas or with a parent born overseas.
  • Of the more than six million born overseas, almost 20 per cent have arrived since 2012.
  • England and New Zealand are still the most common countries of birth after Australia but a growing number are born in China and India.
  • More than 300 languages are being spoken in Australian homes. After English, the most common languages are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese and Vietnamese. 
  • Two-thirds of the population now live in capital cities, with five million in Sydney and four-and-a-half million in Melbourne.
  • More Australians are identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, with 2.8 per cent in 2016 compared with 2.5 per cent in 2011.
  • The figures revealed the median age among the indigenous community was 23, compared with 38 for the non-indigenous population.


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