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Census 2011: Leicester and Leicestershire by numbers

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Census 2011: Survey shows changing faces of the population, with details of births, marital status, backgrounds and our religions
The latest information from the Census revealed all sorts of interesting facts about the city and county. Here is your at-a-glance guide to the main ones. Whenever a statistic is given for "Leicestershire", that means "excluding the city".MARITAL STATUS There are 996 people in same-sex civil partnerships in Leicestershire, and 457 in the city. Just over half – 52 per cent – of the population of Leicestershire is married or in a same-sex civil partnership. In the city, the figure is 43 per cent. In the county, 12 per cent of people cohabit. The figure is slightly less in the city, at nine per cent. The East Midlands has the highest proportion of cohabiting couple households in England and Wales, at 11 per cent.ETHNICITY In Leicestershire, 89 per cent of the population is white British. That is higher than the national figure, which is 80 per cent. In the city, 45 per cent of people are white British. The second biggest group in the city, at 28.3 per cent, is Asian or British Asian Indians. This is the highest proportion in England and Wales. The national figure for this group of people is 2.5 per cent. Two per cent of city is Asian or British Asian Pakistani, which matches the national figure. Oadby and Wigston has the fifth highest Asian or Asian British Indian population in England and Wales – 10,000, or 18 per cent. This is a six per cent increase on 2001.NATIONAL IDENTITY Some 40.7 per cent of people in Leicester, and 68 per cent of people in the county, class themselves as English. Nationally, the figure is 60 per cent.COUNTRY OF BIRTH In the city, 214,403 people were born in England, which is 65 per cent of the population – compared with 84 per cent nationally. Some 15,927 people who live in Leicester were born in EU countries, which is five per cent of the population – compared to four per cent nationally. In the city, 92,983 people were born in other countries. This is 28 per cent of the population, compared to just nine nationally. Some 66 per cent of people in Leicester were born in UK, 10 per cent in Africa, 17 per cent in the Middle East and Asia. The city has the highest percentage, in England and Wales, of population of people who were born in India and Zimbabwe, and the seventh highest in England and Wales for people born in Africa. Living in the East Midlands are equal amounts of people who were born in Scotland as India – it is 1.5 per cent for both.HOUSEHOLD LANGUAGE In Leicester, 18 per cent of households have nobody who speaks English as a main language, compared with four per cent nationally, making Leicester the eighth highest in English and Wales. In 70 per cent of households in the city, every occupant speaks English as their main language, compared with 91 per cent nationally.RELIGION In the city, 32 per cent of people are Christian. Almost a quarter – 23 per cent – said they were of no religion, 19 per cent said they were Muslim, 15 per cent Hindu, four per cent Sikh, 0.4 per cent Buddhist, and 0.1 per cent Jewish. Leicester has the third highest population percentage of Hindus in England and Wales, and the 11th highest Muslim and 12th highest Sikh percentage of population. In the county, 60 per cent of people are Christian. Just over a quarter – 27 per cent – said they were of no religion, 3 per cent are Hindu, one per cent are Muslim, one per cent are Sikh and 0.1 are Jewish. The highest percentage of Christians in the county is in Melton – 68 per cent. In the county, Oadby and Wigston has the highest percentage of Sikhs, Hindu and Muslims – seven, nine and six per cent respectively. Oadby and Wigston has the sixth highest population in England and Wales for Hindus, and the eighth highest for Sikhs. The highest percentage of people who said they had no religion can be found in Charnwood, where 29 per cent said that was the case. In Leicester, there are also 31 Druids, 22 Heathens, three members of the Occult, 320 Pagans, 20 Satanists, 10 Scientologists, 62 Wiccans, 30 Heavy Metalists and 778 Jedi Knights.

Census 2011: Leicester and Leicestershire by numbers


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