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Masterton District

Religion

In 2018, the largest single religion in Masterton District was Anglican, with 10.7% of the population or 2,742 people as adherents.

Masterton District'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.

Masterton District'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
Masterton District20182013Change
Religion - Multi-responseNumber% of the populationWellington Region %Number% of the populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
Anglican2,74210.76.83,89716.711.0-1,155
Catholic1,9747.711.42,2449.613.7-270
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed1,5456.04.22,0708.96.4-525
Christian nfd1,5005.96.31,1915.14.8+309
Pentecostal4231.71.73841.61.7+39
Other Christian religions3241.31.96182.62.8-294
Methodist3181.21.05222.21.7-204
Evangelical, Born Again and Fundamentalist2881.10.7--0.00.0--
Jehovah's Witnesses2641.00.3--0.00.0--
Ratana2581.00.52791.20.6-21
Show all (21 entries)
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
Masterton District20182013Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of the populationWellington Region %Number% of the populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
Total Christian9,73838.136.111,22348.143.9-1,485
Total Maori Christian3151.20.73151.30.80
Total Non Christian7743.07.35072.25.7+267
No religion12,83150.250.29,24639.640.7+3,585
Not stated / included2,0498.06.32,66111.411.1-612
Total respondents23,50892.093.720,69188.688.9+2,817
Total responses25,707100.6100.723,952102.6102.2+1,755
Total population25,557100.0100.023,352100.0100.0+2,205
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 Masterton District in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 42.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 50.2% said they had no religion, compared with 44.2% and 50.2% respectively for Wellington Region.

The largest single religion in Masterton District was Anglican, with 10.7% of the population or 2,742 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Masterton District and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (10.7% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (6.0% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Catholic (7.7% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hindu (0.7% compared to 2.6%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-1,155 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-525 responses)
  • Christian nfd (+309 responses)
  • Other Christian religions (-294 responses)

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