UK Census Finds 271,000 Jews in England and Wales
The latest British census results found that the Jewish population of England and Wales has increased slightly, from 265,000 in 2011 to 271,000 in 2021, according to Jewish British media.
The 2021 census, compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), found that while the Jewish community’s population has increased in the last decade, Jews have remained at 0.5 percent of the total population of England and Wales.
However, ONS noted that the results may not be completely accurate given that religion was a voluntary question, with 6 percent of respondents choosing not to answer.
The largest religious group on the 2021 census remained Christians, but for the first time less than half the population (46.2 percent) identified with the religion, down from 59.3 percent in 2011.
“Few people today understand or appreciate just how important the census is. But there is nothing like it,” Dr. Jonathan Boyd, executive director of the Jewish Policy Reseach Insitute, told the news outlet.
“Its extraordinary detail allows us to see and understand the UK’s entirely unique ways. It is, without question, the most important research exercise in the UK.” (INN / VFI News)
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