Author Archives: David Voas

Understanding Society, Wave 4

Wave 4 of ‘Understanding Society’, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, is now available to registered users of the UK Data Service. Every year the study collects data on the social and economic characteristics of people living in 40,000 households across … Continue reading

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Census 2011: Muslims in Britain

The 2011 census allows us to explore the national origins and ethnic composition of different religious groups.  In this initial analysis, we consider the profile of Muslims in England and Wales. Two thirds are Asian, mostly South Asian.  The majority … Continue reading

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Local variation in levels of religious affiliation

The 2011 census reveals a remarkable amount of neighbourhood variation in levels of religion or non-religion.  Looking across the 8,570 wards in England – small areas with an average population of about 6,500 – the proportion of people describing themselves … Continue reading

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Religious Census 2011 – What happened to the Christians? (Part II)

As discussed in December 2012 on BRIN, the sharp fall in the ‘Christian’ population has been the big story on religion from the 2011 census.  If the 2001 results posed one problem for religious statisticians – why was the Christian … Continue reading

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Census 2011 – Any other religion?

In a world of tick-boxes, write-in responses are always fascinating.  The ‘Any other religion’ line on the census form is an invitation to self-expression that was accepted by hundreds of thousands of people in England and Wales in 2011. They … Continue reading

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Religious Census 2011 – What happened to the Christians?

When it comes to religion, the sharp fall in the ‘Christian’ population has been the big story of the 2011 census. If the 2001 results posed one problem for religious statisticians – why was the Christian figure so high? – the latest findings are just as puzzling: why has it fallen so fast?
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Census Day

The census manages to evoke contrary responses: it’s either a bit of a joke or a threat to civil liberty. I’ll address the objections in a moment, but let’s start with the jolly part.
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Guardian Fact File not so factual

The Guardian is publishing a series of ‘Factfile UK’ supplements this week. The first of them was on Population (Saturday 24 April 2010).

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What Easter can tell us about churchgoing

Some of the best statistics we have about churchgoing come from attendance counts. Every year the Church of England, for example, publishes figures on Easter, Christmas and average weekly attendance based on data gathering a year or so earlier. Continue reading

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