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Napier CityCommunity profile

In 2018, the largest single religion in Napier City was Catholic, with 9.1% of the population or 5,685 people as adherents.

Napier 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.

Napier City'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
Napier City20182013Change
Religion - Multi-responseNumber% of the populationNew Zealand %Number% of the populationNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
Catholic5,6859.110.06,47711.311.6-792
Anglican5,6079.06.77,96813.910.8-2,361
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed3,3995.55.24,5728.07.8-1,173
Christian nfd2,9704.86.62,6404.65.1+330
Ratana1,3832.20.91,2092.11.0+174
Pentecostal8521.41.77471.31.8+105
Other Christian religions8221.31.61,1912.12.5-369
Methodist6031.01.59931.72.4-390
Latter Day Saints5070.81.23840.71.0+123
Buddhist4350.71.15611.01.4-126
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
Napier City20182013Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of the populationNew Zealand %Number% of the populationNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
Total Christian21,53734.637.025,55444.644.3-4,017
Total Maori Christian1,6472.61.31,4192.51.3+228
Total Non Christian2,2743.77.51,7673.16.0+507
No religion32,57452.348.223,11240.438.6+9,462
Not stated / included4,5697.36.77,24812.712.3-2,679
Total respondents57,67292.793.349,99287.387.7+7,680
Total responses62,601100.6100.659,100103.2102.4+3,501
Total population62,241100.0100.057,240100.0100.0+5,001
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 Napier City in 2018 compared to New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 40.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 52.3% said they had no religion, compared with 45.8% and 48.2% respectively for New Zealand.

The largest single religion in Napier City was Catholic, with 9.1% of the population or 5,685 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Napier City and New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (9.0% compared to 6.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Ratana (2.2% compared to 0.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hindu (0.6% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Christian nfd (4.8% compared to 6.6%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-2,361 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-1,173 responses)
  • Catholic (-792 responses)
  • Methodist (-390 responses)

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