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

  • According to the 2021 census, there are nearly 6 million fewer English and Welsh Christians
  • And there is a 57% increase in the number of people with no religion of about 8 million
  • Northeast has seen the biggest changes – and London has seen the lowest drop in faith
  • An interactive map can also reveal how religious people are where you live

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Millions of English and Welsh Christians have completely given up belief in religion 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 of no religion in your area after last year’s survey.

There were over 5.72 million fewer Christians in 2021 (17% drop) in England and Wales compared to a decade earlier and over eight million (57% increase) more people who do not follow any religion.

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

Graph showing the number of people in the English and Welsh regions who gave up Christianity between 2011 and 2021, rise in the number of people not following a religion

Analysis of census data by MailOnline has also shown that, as a percentage, the North East has seen the largest drop in Christians and the largest rise in those not following any religion of any region in England and Wales.

How to use the interactive map:

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

When you click next, you’ll see 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.

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Graph showing the change in adherents of major religions in England and Wales from 2011 to 2021

Graph showing the change in adherents of major religions in England and Wales from 2011 to 2021

Graph showing the change in adherents of major religions in England and Wales from 2011 to 2021

In the Northeast region, there were almost 410,000 (23%) fewer Christians in 2021 than in 2021, from over 1.75 million to about 1.3 million.

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

The North West of England saw the largest overall drop in the number of people following Christianity, with nearly 850,000 (18%) fewer people saying they were Christian at the 2021 Census compared to the survey a decade earlier – from more than 4.7 million to almost 3.9 million .

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

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

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

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

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

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

And there were over a million (73%) more people in the Northwest with no religion, with the number increasing from nearly 1.4 million to over 2.4 million.

Wales saw nearly 410,000 fewer Christians between 2011 and 2021 (down 23%) to around 1.3 million and an increase in the number of people with no religion from over 460,000 (47%) to over 1.4 million.

The South East has seen the highest overall increase in people of no religion, as nearly 1.35 million more people now follow no religion in the region – an increase to more than 3.7 million.

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

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

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