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Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page

Published Monday, November 27, 2017

Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the ethnic and religious composition of the population.

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In 2016, 86.3% of the UK population was in the White ethnic group. The next largest ethnic group was the Asian or Asian British group (6.5%), followed by the Black or Black British group (3.2%).

Among the regions of England, London had the largest proportion of people in non-White ethnic groups (40.9%) and the North East the smallest proportion (4.7%). Wales (4.7%), Scotland (4.7%), and Northern Ireland (2.5%) all had relatively few people in non-White ethnic group.


In 2015, 57.0% of the population of Great Britain described themselves as Christian, 33.3% said they had no religion, 5.1% were Muslims, and 1.6% were Hindus.

Commons Briefing papers SN02655

Author: Lydia Jackson

Topics: Ethnic groups, Immigration, Population, Religion and faith communities

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