Religion and belief

Religion and belief

Content last reviewed: 7 April 2016

The 2011 Census included a voluntary question on religion and belief. The majority of the population in Central Bedfordshire (62.2%) were Christians.

The main change since 2001 has been a decrease in the number of people identifying themselves as Christian, and a corresponding increase in the number of people stating they have No religion. There have been increases in some of the other religions, but these remain small as a proportion of the overall population.

Religion 2011 2001
Comparison of Census responses on religion between 2001 and 2011
  Number % %
Christen 158,235 62.2 74.9
Buddhist 780 0.3 0.1
Hindu 1,670 0.7 0.4
Jewish 500 0.2 0.2
Muslim 1,930 0.8 0.3
Sikh 745 0.3 0.2
Other religion 888 0.3 0.2
No religion 72,335 28.4 16.9
Religon not stated 17,285 6.8 6.8

Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.
(Source: Office for National Statistics, 2011 Census, Table KS209EW, Religion)

 

 


Last updated Friday, 22nd April 2016