The 2001 Census collected data on current religion for people usually resident in England and Wales at the time of the Census.
Seven religious categories were available: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and None. The question was voluntary and those who chose not to respond are listed as ‘Religion Not Stated’.
There was also a ‘write in’ option for those who fell into a different religious category, who were in general grouped together as ‘other’.
Some were allocated to one of the main religious categories, but 151,000 were grouped together as ‘other’. The largest groups were: Spiritualist: 32,000; Pagan: 31,000; Jain: 15,000; Wicca: 7,000; Rastafarian: 5,000; Baha’i: 5,000; Zorastrian: 4,000. Those who wrote in ‘other’ without specifying a religion were coded as ‘No religion’, aswere those who wrote in Jedi, Agnostic, Atheist and Heathen.
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