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Census figures show changing face of Solihull

SOLIHULL today is older, rather less religious but more diverse than it was a decade ago, new Census figures reveal.

SOLIHULL today is older, rather less religious but more diverse than it was a decade ago, new Census figures reveal.

Statistics from the national survey, conducted last year, show how the borough has changed since 2001.

There is a slight increase in the over 75s - who account for one in ten residents - and the average age is now 41.

More people are married (51.6 per cent up from 45.3 per cent), but the divorce rate has also crept up from 5.6 to eight per cent.

The borough is more mixed ethnically, with the number of White British residents falling from 91.3 to 85.8 per cent.

The British Indian and Pakistani populations have both seen slight increases.

Those who described themselves as Christian fell from 78.2 per cent to 65.6 per cent.

As for minority religions, there were 22 druids, 115 pagans and 412 who considered themselves “Jedi Knights”.

Referencing the peace-keeping force from the Star Wars film series, there are reckoned to be 176,632 Jedis nationwide.

 

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