How Qld is changing: less Christian, older, and increasingly born overseas

Queensland, once Australia’s young bible belt, is ditching Christianity.

Oct 13, 2022, updated Oct 13, 2022
Queensland is far less religious

Queensland is far less religious

According to Census data taken in 2021, Christianity was still the main religion but only for 45 per cent of people in Queensland. That represented a significant drop from 2016 when it was 56 per cent.

Part of it may be because more than 22 per cent of the state were born overseas, which has increased slightly since the last Census in 2016, but is almost double the per centage of 1971.

And there were also a lot more of us. The state’s population reached 5.2 million last year, which was an increase of about 500,000 since 2016.

The percentage of people with no religion was 41 per cent compared with 29 per cent in 2016. The current no-religion level in Queensland was higher than the national figure of about 39 per cent.

Only 5 per cent of people were affiliated with a non-Christian religion with Buddhism the most common at 1.4 per cent, Hinduism 1.3 per cent and Islam 1.2 per cent.

Mandarin was the most common language after English with 1.6 per cent speaking the language at home.

Nationally, Christianity remained the most common religion with 43.9 per cent of the population identifying as Christian, a decrease from 52.1 per cent in the 2016 Census.

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Households had also fallen dramatically since the 2016 Census. There was now an average 2.5 people in each household, down from 3.3 per cent in 1971.

Queensland was also ageing significantly. The median age in the state was 38, a year older than 2016 and significantly more grey than in 1971 when it was 26 years.

Fewer people owned their home outright in Queensland. About 29 per cent owned their home outright and 34 per cent had a mortgage while 33 per cent rented.


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