How religious are the people in YOUR UK area

How godless is YOUR area? Interactive map reveals the growing number of people with ‘no religion’ near you… amid dwindling numbers of Christians

  • There are nearly 6m fewer English and Welsh Christians the 2021 census showed
  • And there has been a 57% rise in people with no religion of around 8million
  • North East has seen biggest changes – and London has seen lowest drop in faith
  • An interactive map can also reveal how religious people are where you live

Millions of English and Welsh Christians deserted faith in religion entirely in the decade between the 2011 and 2021 censuses.

And an interactive map has revealed the number of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and people with no religion in your area following last year’s survey.

There were more than 5.72million fewer Christians (17% fall) in England and Wales in 2021 compared to a decade earlier and over eight million (57% rise) more people not following any religion.

The number of Christians fell in every region fell from a total of nearly 33.25million in 2011 to about 27.5million in 2021, the census revealed, as smaller religions such as Satanism also increased in popularity.

Graph showing the number of people in English and Welsh regions giving up Christianity from 2011 to 2021 rise in people following no religion

Graph showing the number of people in English and Welsh regions giving up Christianity from 2011 to 2021 rise in people following no religion

Analysis of census data by MailOnline has also shown that, as a percentage, the North East has seen the biggest decline in Christians and the biggest rise in those not following a religion out of all regions in England and Wales.

How to use the interactive map:

Select an area by either typing a place name in the top-left box or by clicking on the location on the map.

Then when you click it will show you what percentage of people in the area follow the country’s major religions, including Christianity, or no religion. You can click the drop-down arrow to change the religion.

Graph showing the change in followers of major religions in England & Wales from 2011 to 2021

Graph showing the change in followers of major religions in England & Wales from 2011 to 2021

In the North East region there were nearly 410,000 (23%) fewer Christians in 2021 than in 2021, falling from more than 1.75million to around 1.3million.

And the region saw a more than 450,000 (74%) rise in the number of people with no religion, with the a-religious population growing from 607,700 in 2011 to more than one million in 2021.

The North West of England saw the largest total decline in people following Christianity, with nearly 850,000 (18%) fewer people saying they were Christian on the 2021 census compared to the survey a decade earlier – falling from more than 4.7million to nearly 3.9million.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the most senior bishop in the Church of England

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the most senior bishop in the Church of England

London has seen the smallest relative fall in people leaving Christianity. Pictured: St Paul's Cathedral in London

London has seen the smallest relative fall in people leaving Christianity. Pictured: St Paul’s Cathedral in London

And there were over one million (73%) more people in the North West with no religion, with the numbers increasing from nearly 1.4million to over 2.4million.

Wales saw nearly 410,000 fewer Christians (a 23% fall) from 2011 to 2021 to around 1.3million and a rise in people with no religion of more than 460,000 (47%) to more than 1.4million.

The South East has seen the highest total rise in those with no religion, as nearly 1.35million more people now follow no religion in the region – a rise to over 3.7million.

But London has had the smallest relative fall in Christians between 2011 and 2021. There were nearly 4million Christians in the capital in 2011 – and this fell by 380,000 (10%) to nearly 3.6million in 2021.

London has also seen the smallest relative rise in people not choosing to be part of a religion, with a rise of nearly 690,000 (40%) since 2011 to nearly 2.4million.

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