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Religion

Census recorded a rise in people with no religion between 2001 and 2011, while Church of Scotland numbers dropped.

Religion was an optional question. In 2011, 7% of people did not state their religion.

No religion

37% of people said they had no religion.

That’s an increase from 28% who said they had no religion in 2001.

39% of males and 34% of females said they had no religion.

Church of Scotland

The number of people identifying with the Church of Scotland dropped to 32%.

This was a decrease of 10 percentage points from 42% in 2001.

Other religions

Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs all increased in number from 2001.

1.4% of people said they were Muslim. That’s an increase of 0.6 percentage points since 2001.

Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs made up 0.7% of the population. Each of these also increased between 2001 and 2011.

The number of Jewish people declined slightly to just under 6,000.

Religion in Scotland

1,941,116

People with no religion

1,717,871

Church of Scotland

841,053

Roman Catholic

291,275

Other Christian

76,737

Muslim

16,379

Hindu

12,795

Buddhist

9,055

Sikh

5,997

Jewish

15,196

Other religion

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