2011 England and Wales Census shows drop in religious affliation
A quarter of residents in England and Wales profess no religion, according to statistics released today from the 2011 census. This is up 10% from the 2001 census. In Wales, nearly a third (32%) say they have no religion, with the number of people identifying as Christians dropping by 14%.
Overall, 59% of residents class themselves as Christians, with the figure rising to 68% in the North-East of England, the highest of any region. This is still the largest religious grouping. 25,1% have no religion,, and 4.8 identify themselves as Muslim.
The Guardian datablog has an interactive map giving a visual breakdown of the changes between 2001 and 2002
Figures for Scotland will be released next week.
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