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13 December 2012

What's your religion? responses from the 2011 Census

What's your religion? responses from the 2011 Census

A summary of the responses to the Whats your religion? question in the 2011 census for England and Wales.

Christian

  • 33.2 million said they were Christian
  • The number of people identifying as Christian has decreased from 71.7% in 2001 to 59.3% in 2011.
  • 14.1 million said they had no religion
  • The number of people saying they had no religion increased from 14.8% to 25.1% between 2001 and 2011
  • Knowsley was the local authority with the highest proportion of the population saying they were Christian (80.9% of the local residents)

Other religions

  • Islam is the 2nd most popular faith in England and Wales with 2.7 million people saying they are Muslim
  • The number saying they are Muslim has increased from 3% in 2001 to 4.8% in 2011
  • 817,000 said they were Hindu (1.5% of the population of England and Wales)
  • 423,000 said they were Sikh (0.8% of the population)
  • 263,000 said they were Jewish (0.5% of the population)
  • 248,000 said they were Buddhist (0.4% of the population)
  • 240,000 said they were followers of other faiths not listed above (0.4% of the population).

No religion

  • 14.1 million said they had no religion
  • The number of people saying they had no religion increased from 14.8% to 25.1% between 2001 and 2011.
  • Norwich was the local authority with the highest proportion of the population saying they have no religion at 42.5%. Brighton and Hove was the next closest with 42.1% saying they had no religion.
  • Caerphilly had the largest increase in the number of locals saying they had no religion with the percentage going up from 16% in 2001 to 41% in 2011.

Refuse to answer

  • The "What is your religion?" question was a voluntary question in the 2011 census
  • 7.2% did not answer the question.