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Porirua CityCommunity profile

In 2018, the largest single religion in Porirua City was Catholic, with 12.0% of the population or 6,783 people as adherents.

Porirua 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.

Porirua 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
Porirua City20182013Change
Religion - Multi-responseNumber% of the populationWellington Region %Number% of the populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
Catholic6,78312.011.47,30814.113.7-525
Christian nfd4,9238.76.33,2196.24.8+1,704
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed3,9367.04.24,9989.76.4-1,062
Anglican3,0635.46.84,4858.711.0-1,422
Pentecostal1,6652.91.71,3262.61.7+339
Latter Day Saints1,2932.30.71,1012.10.7+192
Other Christian religions8971.61.91,5363.02.8-639
Hindu7411.32.64830.92.2+258
Methodist7111.31.01,0322.01.7-321
Islam/Muslim6511.21.14020.80.9+249
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
Porirua City20182013Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of the populationWellington Region %Number% of the populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
Total Christian24,97544.236.125,69849.743.9-723
Total Maori Christian6511.20.76871.30.8-36
Total Non Christian2,9045.17.32,0704.05.7+834
No religion24,77443.850.217,83534.540.7+6,939
Not stated / included3,7446.66.36,79513.111.1-3,051
Total respondents52,81593.493.744,92286.988.9+7,893
Total responses57,048100.9100.753,085102.6102.2+3,963
Total population56,559100.0100.051,717100.0100.0+4,842
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 Porirua City in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 50.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 43.8% said they had no religion, compared with 44.2% and 50.2% respectively for Wellington Region.

The largest single religion in Porirua City was Catholic, with 12.0% of the population or 6,783 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Porirua City and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (7.0% compared to 4.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Christian nfd (8.7% compared to 6.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Latter Day Saints (2.3% compared to 0.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (5.4% compared to 6.8%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Christian nfd (+1,704 responses)
  • Anglican (-1,422 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-1,062 responses)
  • Other Christian religions (-639 responses)

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