In 2013, the largest single religion in the Wellington City was Catholic, with 13.6% of the population or 26,061 people as adherents.
The Wellington City's religion statistics provide an indicator of cultural identity and ethnicity when observed in conjunction with other key variables. Religion data reveal the major concentrations of religions as well as revealing the proportion of people with no religious affiliation. There are a number of reasons for different religious compositions across areas including the country of birth and ethnic background of the population, the age of the population (belief in religion is generally stronger, the older the population) and changes in values and belief systems.
The Wellington City's religion statistics should be analysed in conjunction with Ethnicity statistics, Māori Descent, Country of Birth data and Languages Spoken data to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is your religion?'.
|Religion - ranked by size|
|Religion - multi-response||Number||% of total population||Wellington Region %||Number||% of total population||Wellington Region %||2006 to 2013|
|Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed||9,351||4.9||6.4||882||11,940||6.7||8.1||-2,589|
|Other Christian religions||6,624||3.5||2.8||886||6,819||3.8||3.1||-195|
|Spiritualism and new age religions||942||0.5||0.5||885||1,041||0.6||0.6||-99|
|Latter Day Saints||636||0.3||0.7||879||690||0.4||0.8||-54|
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|Religion - totals|
|Religion - totals - multi-response||Number||% of total population||Wellington Region %||Number||% of total population||Wellington Region %||2006 to 2013|
|Not stated / included||19,497||10.2||11.1||893||19,524||10.9||11.8||-27|
Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of the Wellington City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.
Overall, 47.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 44.2% said they had no religion, compared with 50.4% and 40.7% respectively for the Wellington Region.
The largest single religion in the Wellington City was Catholic, with 13.6% of the population or 26,061 people as adherents.
The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Wellington City and the Wellington Region were:
- A larger percentage who nominated Hindu (3.1% compared to 2.2%)
- A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (9.4% compared to 11.0%)
- A smaller percentage who nominated Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (4.9% compared to 6.4%)
Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population
The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Wellington City between 2006 and 2013 were for those who nominated:
- Anglican (-4,125 responses)
- Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-2,589 responses)
- Catholic (-1,380 responses)
- Hindu (+1,194 responses)