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DEMOGRAPHICS / CHARTS - Census 2011 Data

England & Wales - Religion & Ethnicity Questions - 2011 & 2001 Census

Links to Resources

  1. Ward-level data for Religion - ONS Table QS210
    Click here for ONS page for downloading xls spreadsheet

  2. Ward-level data for Ethnicity - ONS Table QS211
    Click here for ONS page for downloading xls spreadsheet

  3. Data Visualisation of Religion and Ethnicity variables for London Boroughs & their wards
    Click here for GLA Census website

  4. Alex Singleton's 2011 Census Open Atlas Project
    Click here

  5. House of Commons Census Library Research Paper - provides constituencies's ethnic populations
    Click here

  6. Report of the National Association of British Arabs - Arabs in the Census
    Click here

  7. Ethnicity vs Religion for England & Wales - ONS Table DC2201EW
    Click here

  8. Ethnicity vs Religion for London - ONS Table DC2201EW
    Click here

  9. Age Band vs Religion for England & Wales - ONS Table DC2107EW
    Click here

  10. Economic Activity vs Religion - ONS Table for England & Wales DC6205EW (Extract)
    Click here

    Archive 2001




The population of England & Wales stands at 56.1 million, compared to 52.4 million ten years ago. The UK population over 65 years old is 16.4% and the number of children under 5 years is 3.5 million. The median age is 39 years.

The Muslim population stands at 2.7 million - the statistic in 2001 was 1.55 million.

Factors accounting for the increase include

  • natural growth from a demographic profile of younger people compared to the rest of the population, with younger families
  • improved response to the voluntary Religion question compared to 2001 e.g. less undercounting amongst Somali communities
  • new settlement e.g. from Afghanistan and Iraq in the last decade
  • the inclusion of the 'Arab' ethnic category may have encouraged responses to the voluntary Religion question
  • persons adopting the faith possibly, but this is likely to be marginal

    Age-Sex demographics of the Muslim population and Cross tabulations of Religion vs Ethnicity is now available.

    Without its younger BME population the median age of Britain could well be not 39 but 49!

    The drop in the Christian population between 2001 and 2011 could be related to the slight but subtle change in wording of the Religion question. In 2001 the first option was 'No Religion' followed by 'Christian' and other major faiths; in 2011 the first option was 'None', the rest unchanged. It could be that many individuals would not go as far as to say 'No Religion' and thus ticked 'Christian'; in 2011 the opening choice was less stark.

  • Christian Other Faiths Unstated No Religion  
    2011 33,243,175 4,697,476 4,038,032 14,097,229 56,075,912
    2001 37,338,486 2,983,505 4,010,658 7,709,267 52,041,916




    England & Wales - Religion Question - 2011 Census
    Excluding 'Christian' Category

    Buddhist  Hindu Jewish Muslim Sikh Other  
    247,743 816,633 263,346 2,706,066 423,158 240,530 4,697,476




    England & Wales - Religion Question - 2011 & 2001 Census
    Excluding 'Christian' Category

    Muslim* Hindu Sikh Jewish Other Buddhist  
    2011 2,706,066 816,633 423,158 263,346 240,530 247,743 4,697,476
    2001 1,546,626 552,421 329,358 259,927 150,720 144,453 2,983,505
    *Note - the Somali population was undercounted in the 2001 Census in areas like Bristol



    England & Wales - Ethnicity Question - 2011 & 2001 Census

    White Asian/Asian British* Black/African Other Mixed/Multiple

    Arab

    2011 48,209,395 3,820,390 1,863,985 726,237 1,224,400 230,600  
    2001 47,520,866 2,273,737 1,139,577 1,139,577 661,034  
    *Note - 'Chinese' ethnic category grouped in 'Other' to allow comparability with 2001



    England & Wales - Ethnicity Question - 2011 Census
    Excluding 'White' Category

    Asian/Asian British* Black/African Other Mixed/Multiple Arab
    3,820,390 1,863,985 726,237 1,224,400 230,600  
    *Note - 'Chinese' ethnic category grouped in 'Other'



    England & Wales - Religion Question - 2011 & 2001 Census
    Local Authority Districts - Muslim Population



    Ethnicity vs Religion for England & Wales
    DC2201EW - Ethnic Group by Religion
    ONS Crown Copyright Reserved [from Nomis on 16 May 2013]

    Ethnic Group All categories: Religion Christian Buddhist Hindu Jewish Muslim Sikh Other religion No religion Religion not stated
    All categories: Ethnic group 56,075,912 33,243,175 247,743 816,633 263,346 2,706,066 423,158 240,530 14,097,229 4,038,032
    White: Total 48,209,395 30,819,184 83,635 12,026 243,300 210,620 7,460 182,743 13,161,223 3,489,204
    White: English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British 45,134,686 28,738,688 72,423 6,909 202,600 77,272 5,417 168,141 12,624,325 3,238,911
    White: Irish 531,087 425,612 1,516 275 1,134 1,914 152 2,055 58,798 39,631
    White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 57,680 37,001 421 102 247 378 96 798 13,109 5,528
    White: Other White 2,485,942 1,617,883 9,275 4,740 39,319 131,056 1,795 11,749 464,991 205,134
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: Total 1,224,400 566,363 9,855 9,761 4,249 102,582 5,122 7,366 395,848 123,254
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Black Caribbean 426,715 217,615 1,011 390 784 5,384 272 1,949 159,785 39,525
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Black African 165,974 94,405 464 339 432 15,681 105 708 39,204 14,636
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Asian 341,727 120,158 5,789 6,406 1,235 49,689 3,838 2,149 114,497 37,966
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: Other Mixed 289,984 134,185 2,591 2,626 1,798 31,828 907 2,560 82,362 31,127
    Asian/Asian British: Total 4,213,531 457,850 147,796 781,199 2,768 1,830,560 368,503 39,673 350,837 234,345
    Asian/Asian British: Indian 1,412,958 135,988 3,637 621,983 819 197,161 312,965 33,003 44,281 63,121
    Asian/Asian British: Pakistani 1,124,511 17,118 700 3,879 440 1,028,459 3,283 588 12,041 58,003
    Asian/Asian British: Bangladeshi 447,201 6,558 534 4,013 223 402,428 672 158 6,093 26,522
    Asian/Asian British: Chinese 393,141 76,952 49,344 2,886 326 8,027 1,019 1,555 218,751 34,281
    Asian/Asian British: Other Asian 835,720 221,234 93,581 148,438 960 194,485 50,564 4,369 69,671 52,418
    Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Total 1,864,890 1,288,371 2,809 5,474 1,611 272,015 1,431 7,099 137,467 148,613
    Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: African 989,628 691,482 933 1,879 618 207,201 554 1,560 28,528 56,873
    Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Caribbean 594,825 441,544 1,145 1,344 511 7,345 349 4,065 6,616 61,906
    Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Other Black 280,437 155,345 731 2,251 482 57,469 528 1,474 32,323 29,834
    Other ethnic group: Total 563,696 111,407 3,648 8,173 11,418 290,289 40,642 3,649 51,854 42,616
    Other ethnic group: Arab 230,600 21,988 402 1,060 571 178,195 509 859 11,939 15,077
    Other ethnic group: Any other ethnic group 333,096 89,419 3,246 7,113 10,847 112,094 40,133 2,790 39,915 27,539


    Ethnic Group by Religion
    ONS Crown Copyright Reserved [from Nomis on 16 May 2013]

    Geography time London 2011


    Ethnic Group All categories: Religion Christian Buddhist Hindu Jewish Muslim Sikh Other religion No religion Religion not stated
    All categories: Ethnic group 8,173,941 3,957,984 82,026 411,291 148,602 1,012,823 126,134 47,970 1,694,372 692,739
    White: Total 4,887,435 2,787,865 15,272 5,162 134,639 125,972 1,841 19,482 1,364,342 432,860
    White: English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British 3,669,284 2,038,664 10,528 2,188 106,807 35,274 1,064 14,578 1,138,690 321,491
    White: Irish 175,974 136,813 548 135 532 1,074 68 598 21,286 14,920
    White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 8,196 5,467 62 23 66 101 14 107 1,492 864
    White: Other White 1,033,981 606,921 4,134 2,816 7,234 89,523 695 4,199 202,874 95,585
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: Total 405,279 190,046 3,419 4,514 2,680 41,598 1,562 2,510 111,236 47,714
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Black Caribbean 119,425 62,520 419 187 441 2,288 69 612 39,604 13,285
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Black African 65,479 37,452 219 208 285 8,166 45 275 12,088 6,741
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Asian 101,500 35,484 1,685 2,571 822 15,632 1,081 733 30,235 13,257
    Mixed/multiple ethnic group: Other Mixed 118,875 54,590 1,096 1,548 1,132 15,512 367 890 29,309 14,431
    Asian/Asian British: Total 1,511,546 176,047 59,838 393,157 1,722 538,811 110,383 20,380 117,540 93,668
    Asian/Asian British: Indian 542,857 43,457 1,425 288,395 543 57,096 91,490 17,259 16,588 26,604
    Asian/Asian British: Pakistani 223,797 5,312 283 2,067 127 198,838 918 209 3,154 12,889
    Asian/Asian British: Bangladeshi 222,127 2,345 271 2,483 157 198,722 227 67 2,327 15,528
    Asian/Asian British: Chinese 124,250 26,969 18,128 1,318 205 2,471 279 552 61,450 12,878
    Asian/Asian British: Other Asian 398,515 97,964 39,731 98,894 690 81,684 17,469 2,293 34,021 25,769
    Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Total 1,088,640 742,779 1,738 3,537 1,168 167,269 811 3,822 73,852 93,664
    Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: African 573,931 392,208 524 1,157 458 127,147 340 866 15,338 35,893
    Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Caribbean 344,597 257,763 725 784 310 4,159 155 2,204 0,670 37,827
    Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Other Black 170,112 92,808 489 1,596 400 35,963 316 752 17,844 19,944
    Other ethnic group: Total 281,041 61,247 1,759 4,921 8,393 139,173 11,537 1,776 27,402 24,833
    Other ethnic group: Arab 106,020 11,426 224 699 439 77,757 277 483 5,994 8,721
    Other ethnic group: Any other ethnic group 175,021 49,821 1,535 4,222 7,954 61,416 11,260 1,293 21,408 16,112




    DC2107EW - Religion by sex by age
    ONS Crown Copyright Reserved [from Nomis on 16 May 2013]

    www.nomisweb.co.uk/census/2011/dc2107ew
    England and Wales
    all persons
    2011


    Age All categories: Religion   Christian Buddhist Hindu   Jewish Muslim   Sikh Other religion No religion Religion not stated
    All categories 56,075,912   33,243,175 247,743 816,633   263,346 2,706,066   423,158 240,530 14,097,229 4,038,032
    0 to 4 3,496,750 6.24 1,526,583 9,026 55,903 6.85 18,221 317,952 11.75 28,380 5,692 1,199,185 335,808
    5 to 7 1,927,039 3.44 984,613 4,927 29,258 3.58 10,239 177,119 6.55 16,095 3,452 560,685 140,651
    8 to 9 1,208,672 2.16 648,294 3,213 16,893 2.07 6,176 108,112 4.00 10,169 2,267 328,756 84,792
    10 to 14 3,258,677 5.81 1,784,838 9,455 40,862 5.00 15,272 245,480 9.07 26,581 7,142 900,457 228,590
    15 687,994 1.23 372,585 2,187 8,288 1.01 3,012 46,474 1.72 5,581 1,686 198,150 50,031
    16 to 17 1,391,235 2.48 737,095 4,744 16,860 2.06 5,943 88,982 3.29 11,150 3,637 423,314 99,510
    18 to 19 1,460,156 2.60 711,649 6,329 19,593 2.40 5,866 87,222 3.22 11,944 4,869 510,134 102,550
    20 to 24 3,807,245 6.79 1,717,886 22,608 69,559 8.52 14,782 238,041 8.80 35,609 16,256 1,430,028 262,476
    25 to 29 3,836,609 6.84 1,742,341 24,077 95,667 11.71 15,947 273,505 10.11 41,701 19,144 1,382,920 241,307
    30 to 34 3,683,915 6.57 1,751,123 26,488 96,378 11.80 16,395 270,278 9.99 40,906 20,484 1,238,044 223,819
    35 to 39 3,732,161 6.66 1,917,769 26,856 71,475 8.75 15,786 227,166 8.39 34,778 23,200 1,184,998 230,133
    40 to 44 4,099,089 7.31 2,346,154 24,874 56,080 6.87 15,459 179,128 6.62 32,185 26,301 1,155,325 263,583
    45 to 49 4,100,526 7.31 2,560,134 22,269 49,455 6.06 15,867 119,992 4.43 26,593 25,675 993,924 286,617
    50 to 54 3,601,694 6.42 2,373,839 17,503 48,583 5.95 15,444 97,899 3.62 25,096 22,905 736,613 263,812
    55 to 59 3,183,915 5.68 2,177,908 15,240 42,897 5.25 15,557 75,000 2.77 24,120 19,604 569,207 244,382
    60 to 64 3,377,162 6.02 2,474,138 12,599 33,014 4.04 18,132 46,890 1.73 16,981 16,010 501,035 58,363
    65 to 69 2,674,161 4.77 2,068,856 6,710 22,255 2.73 14,351 33,457 1.24 11,319 9,161 306,985 201,067
    70 to 74 2,178,672 3.89 1,738,648 3,988 19,206 2.35 10,882 33,742 1.25 10,034 5,575 192,690 163,907
    75 to 79 1,777,547 3.17 1,453,402 2,371 13,361 1.64 10,161 22,758 0.84 6,971 3,575 128,486 136,462
    80 to 84 1,338,005 2.39 1,108,274 1,329 6,858 0.84 8,886 11,356 0.42 4,261 2,277 85,769 108,995
    85+ 1,254,688 2.24 1,047,046 950 4,188 0.51 10,968 5,513 0.20 2,704 1,618 70,524 111,177




    Economic Activity vs Religion
    ONS Crown Copyright Reserved [from Nomis on 10 June 2013]

    geography: England and Wales
    sex: All persons
    age: All categories: Age 16 and over
    time: 2011
    Religion All categories: Economic activity Economically active: Total % Economically Active Economically inactive: Total % Economically inactive Economically inactive: Looking after home or family % Looking after home or family
    All categories: Religion 45,496,780 28,818,355 63 16,678,425 37 1,796,520 4
    Christian 27,926,262 16,649,628 60 11,276,634 40 895,529 3
    Buddhist 218,935 145,599 67 73,336 33 13,538 6
    Hindu 665,429 465,865 70 199,564 30 35,758 5
    Jewish 210,426 128,517 61 81,909 39 8,820 4
    Muslim 1,810,929 999,650 55 811,279 45 247,729 14
    Sikh 336,352 233,050 69 103,302 31 14,799 4
    Other religion 220,291 149,271 68 71,020 32 9,499 4
    No religion 10,909,996 8,074,679 74 2,835,317 26 476,056 4
    Religion not stated 3,198,160 1,972,096 62 1,226,064 38 94,792 3

     

     












     


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