The new Census of England and Wales is ou today by the Government. This census looks at religion as a part of the questions it asks and the results are shocking.
A PDF is here that has some maps and charts too.
In the 2011 Census, Christianity was the largest religion, with 33.2 million people (59.3 per cent
of the population). The second largest religious group were Muslims with 2.7 million people (4.8
per cent of the population).
• 14.1 million people, around a quarter of the population in England and Wales, reported they have
no religion in 2011.
• The religion question was the only voluntary question on the 2011 census and 7.2 per cent of
people did not answer the question.
• Between 2001 and 2011 there has been a decrease in people who identify as Christian (from
71.7 per cent to 59.3 per cent) and an increase in those reporting no religion (from 14.8 per cent
to 25.1 per cent). There were increases in the other main religious group categories, with the
number of Muslims increasing the most (from 3.0 per cent to 4.8 per cent).
• In 2011, London was the most diverse region with the highest proportion of people identifying
themselves as Muslim, Bhuddist, Hindu and Jewish. The North East and North West had the
highest proportion of Christians and Wales had the highest proportion of people reporting no
• Knowsley was the local authority with the highest proportion of people reporting to be Christians
at 80.9 per cent and Tower Hamlets had the highest proportion of Muslims at 34.5 per cent (over
7 times the England and Wales figure). Norwich had the highest proportion of the population
reporting no religion at 42.5 per cent.