Religious Affiliation in the 2006 and 2013 Censuses

  • Posted on: 31 January 2014
  • By: Max Scott

The following shows the New Zealand census figures for Religious Affiliation for 2013 and 2006, with the percentage change between the two years. Only categories containing 10,000 or more people are included. "No Religion" remains the top category and shows a remarkable 26% increase. "Catholic nfd" has replaced "Anglican" as the most popular Christian denomination but both have suffered a decline with "Catholic nfd" down 3% and "Anglican" down 17%. "Baptist nfd" and "Buddhist nfd" have exchanged places with the former declining by 5% and the later growing by 12%. "Salvation Army" has dropped off the table having declined from 11,490 in 2006 to 9,162 in 2013, a drop of 20%. We do notice that there has been a 16% rise in the "Christian nfd", a result that may indicate that some who formerly were identifying themselves in a denomination have decided not to do so in the later census. This may significantly affect the results for all but the larger Christian denominations.

Religious Affliliation 2013 Percent 2006 Percent Percent Change
No Religion 1,635,348 38.55% 1,297,104 32.20% 26%
Catholic nfd 491,421 11.58% 507,771 12.61% -3%
Anglican 459,771 10.84% 554,925 13.78% -17%
Presbyterian 316,329 7.46% 385,350 9.57% -18%
Not Stated 301,608 7.11% 249,711 6.20% 21%
Christian nfd 216,177 5.10% 186,234 4.62% 16%
Object to answering 173,034 4.08% 242,610 6.02% -29%
Methodist nfd 97,320 2.29% 116,622 2.90% -17%
Hindu nfd 89,082 2.10% 63,540 1.58% 40%
Buddhist nfd 58,212 1.37% 52,158 1.29% 12%
Baptist nfd 53,496 1.26% 56,175 1.39% -5%
Islam/Muslim nfd 45,963 1.08% 35,856 0.89% 28%
Pentecostal nfd 45,777 1.08% 36,372 0.90% 26%
Latter-day Saints 40,728 0.96% 43,536 1.08% -6%
Ratana 40,353 0.95% 50,565 1.26% -20%
Response Outside Scope 28,377 0.67% 30,945 0.77% -8%
Sikh 19,191 0.45% 9,507 0.24% 102%
Jehovah's Witnesses 17,931 0.42% 17,910 0.44% 0%
Religion Unidentifiable 16,146 0.38% 10,653 0.26% 52%
Seventh Day Adventist 14,613 0.34% 13,815 0.34% 6%
Assemblies of God 13,806 0.33% 15,300 0.38% -10%
Ringatū 13,272 0.31% 16,419 0.41% -19%

 

The following reorders the above table by decreasing percentage growth

Religious Affliliation 2013 Percent 2006 Percent Percent Change
Sikh 19,191 0.45% 9,507 0.24% 102%
Religion Unidentifiable 16,146 0.38% 10,653 0.26% 52%
Hindu nfd 89,082 2.10% 63,540 1.58% 40%
Islam/Muslim nfd 45,963 1.08% 35,856 0.89% 28%
No Religion 1,635,348 38.55% 1,297,104 32.20% 26%
Pentecostal nfd 45,777 1.08% 36,372 0.90% 26%
Not Stated 301,608 7.11% 249,711 6.20% 21%
Christian nfd 216,177 5.10% 186,234 4.62% 16%
Buddhist nfd 58,212 1.37% 52,158 1.29% 12%
Seventh Day Adventist 14,613 0.34% 13,815 0.34% 6%
Jehovah's Witnesses 17,931 0.42% 17,910 0.44% 0%
Catholic nfd 491,421 11.58% 507,771 12.61% -3%
Baptist nfd 53,496 1.26% 56,175 1.39% -5%
Latter-day Saints 40,728 0.96% 43,536 1.08% -6%
Response Outside Scope 28,377 0.67% 30,945 0.77% -8%
Assemblies of God 13,806 0.33% 15,300 0.38% -10%
Methodist nfd 97,320 2.29% 116,622 2.90% -17%
Anglican 459,771 10.84% 554,925 13.78% -17%
Presbyterian 316,329 7.46% 385,350 9.57% -18%
Ringatū 13,272 0.31% 16,419 0.41% -19%
Ratana 40,353 0.95% 50,565 1.26% -20%
Object to answering 173,034 4.08% 242,610 6.02% -29%