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Wellington Region

Religion

In 2018, the largest single religion in the Wellington Region was Catholic, with 11.4% of the population or 57,627 people as adherents.

the Wellington Region'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 Region's religion statistics should be analysed in conjunction with Ethnicity statistics, Maori Descent, Country of Birth data and Languages Spoken data to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'What is your religion?'.

Multi-response

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Religion - Ranked by size
Wellington Region20182013Change
Religion - Multi-responseNumber% of the populationNorth Island %Number% of the populationNorth Island %2013 to 2018
Catholic57,62711.410.164,49713.711.7-6,870
Anglican34,3956.86.551,81911.010.5-17,424
Christian nfd32,0886.36.922,7734.85.3+9,315
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed21,4984.24.530,2226.46.8-8,724
Hindu13,4132.63.110,2692.22.6+3,144
Other Christian religions9,8011.91.713,3712.82.7-3,570
Pentecostal8,7991.71.98,0221.71.9+777
Buddhist6,0601.21.26,9241.51.5-864
Islam/Muslim5,3461.11.54,0080.91.3+1,338
Methodist4,8511.01.77,9501.72.6-3,099
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Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - Totals
Wellington Region20182013Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of the populationNorth Island %Number% of the populationNorth Island %2013 to 2018
Total Christian182,92236.137.2206,99743.944.0-24,075
Total Maori Christian3,7740.71.63,7890.81.6-15
Total Non Christian37,1317.38.526,8235.77.0+10,308
No religion254,36450.246.8191,77840.737.3+62,586
Not stated / included31,9386.36.652,39211.112.6-20,454
Total respondents474,87693.793.4418,92388.987.4+55,953
Total responses510,129100.7100.7481,779102.2102.4+28,350
Total population506,814100.0100.0471,315100.0100.0+35,499
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of the Wellington Region in 2018 compared to North Island shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 44.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 50.2% said they had no religion, compared with 47.3% and 46.8% respectively for North Island.

The largest single religion in the Wellington Region was Catholic, with 11.4% of the population or 57,627 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Wellington Region and North Island were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Catholic (11.4% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Methodist (1.0% compared to 1.7%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Wellington Region between 2013 and 2018 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-17,424 responses)
  • Christian nfd (+9,315 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-8,724 responses)
  • Catholic (-6,870 responses)

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