"No Religion" Is Now Australia's Number One Religion

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Australia remains a fairly religious country, with 60% of people reporting a religious affiliation.
In 1966 only 0.8% of Australians ticked the box for "No religion", which includes atheists, secularists and agnostics.
The proportion of people reporting no religion increased to 30.1% in 2016 – up from 22% five years ago, and nearly double the 16% reported in 2001.
Those aged from 18 to 34 were most likely to report not having a religion (39%) than other age groups. Those aged 65 years and over were more likely to report a religious affiliation.
Christianity is still the most common religion (52% of Australians identified as any of the Christian denominations) but has been declining in popularity in Australia for the past 50 years – in 1966, 88% of Australians identified as Christian and by 1991 it was 74%.

Catholicism is the largest Christian grouping, accounting for almost a quarter (22.6%) of the Australian population.

ABS / Via abs.gov.au
Islam (2.6%) and Buddhism (2.4%) were the next most common religions reported. Hinduism had the most significant growth from 2006 to 2016 (from 1.3% to 1.9%) driven by immigration from South Asia.
The most religious state was New South Wales where 66% of people reported a religious affiliation, and the lowest proportion of people (53%) with a religious affiliation was in Tasmania.

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