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Christian numbers drop as Muslims and Hindus rise in Britain

LondonThe number of people living in England and Wales who identify as Christian fell below half the population for the first time, although they identified as Muslim or Hindu, according to the latest census figures released on Tuesday. Those who identify are recording a slight increase.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released an analysis of 2021 census data showing just over 46% said they were Christian, up from 59.3% in the last census taken in 2011. .

People who said they had no religion were the second most common in the census, up from 25.2% in 2011 to 37.2%, and those who said they were Muslim or Hindu recorded an increase.

“For the first time in the census of England and Wales, less than half the population (46.2%, 27.5 million) said they were Christians.” In 2011 he decreased by 13.1 percentage points from 59.3% (33.3 million). Despite this decline, Christians remained the most common answer to questions about religion,” said a release from the National Bureau of Statistics.

“The number of people who call themselves Muslim has increased” (3.9 million, 6.5% in 2021, up from 2.7 million, 4.9% in 2011), Hindus (1 million, 2021) 1.7%, up from 818,000). 1.5 percent in 2011),” he said, according to the ONS.

Those identifying as Sikhs also increased slightly, rising from 0.8% (423,000) in 2011 to 0.9% (524,000) in 2021, and Buddhists as well, from 0.4% (249,000) to 0.5% ( 273,000).

Those who identify as Jewish remained roughly the same at 0.5% of the population.

Census questions about religion are voluntary, and 94 percent of residents responded, up from 92.9 percent in 2011, according to the ONS.

The data also show that London remains the most religiously diverse region in England, with Harrow, north of the British capital, having the highest percentage of the Hindu population at 25.8%, up from 25.3% in 2011. It’s getting higher.

The city of Leicester, known for its spectacular Diwali festival, saw the second largest increase in Hindu practitioners with 2.7 percentage points, up 17.9% from 15.2% in 2011.

The city is also one of the first cities in the country to have 41% of people who identify as white in 2021, compared to 51% in 2011.

The regions with the highest percentages overall and the largest increase in the percentage of people expressing their religion as Sikh remained in Wolverhampton and Sandwell in the West Midlands region of England.

As in 2011, the areas with the highest percentage of Muslim population were the Tower Hamlets and Newham areas in east London, followed by Blackburn, with Darwen in northwest England.

In analyzes of national identities, Indians remain the third most common non-British identity among residents of England and Wales, after Poles and Romanians.

This trend is reflected in the top foreign languages ​​spoken in the country after English, with Polish taking the top spot, followed by Romanian.

Punjabi, the second most common language in 2011, dropped to third place, followed by Urdu in fourth place. Among South Asian languages, Bengali and Gujarati have fallen several places from 4th and 5th place in 2011 to 8th and 9th respectively.

The next most common ethnic groups checked in the census were Asians, Asian British or Asian Welsh, who accounted for 9.3% of the total population of 5.5 million, up from 4.2 million. occupies.

More than 24 million households in England and Wales responded to the 2021 Census, which took place last March, and more data will be released by the ONS over the next two years.

The Scottish Census was scheduled to take place in 2021, but has been delayed by a year due to the COVID pandemic.

https://www.siasat.com/number-of-christians-falls-as-muslims-hindus-rise-in-england-2468893/ Christian numbers drop as Muslims and Hindus rise in Britain

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