Auckland had the largest percentage of religious people in New Zealand at the 2013 Census, results from Statistics New Zealand show. The region also had more religious people than at the last census, in 2006.
Across New Zealand, the number of people who affiliated with a religion in 2013 fell 5.5 percent since the 2006 Census. Regional data released today shows that this trend was reflected in every region except Auckland, which had a 1.2 percent increase in the number of religious residents.
“Auckland was the only region with more religious people in 2013 than in 2006,” Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said. “It also had the highest proportion of people with a religion, at 59.6 percent, though this fell from 63.5 percent in 2006. Nationally, 55.0 percent of the population had a religious affiliation in 2013.”
I wonder why this is. A few theories.
- Most new immigrants come to Auckland, and new immigrants are more likely to be religious than those already here
- Auckland is home to more evangelical churches and they are being successful in converting people, especially in South Auckland
- Religious types are moving from other areas to Auckland
I think No 1 is most likely.