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Pagans and druids find a home in Solihull as census shows fall in Christians

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 now account for almost ten per cent of the population.

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 also more mixed ethnically, with the number of White British residents falling from 91.3 to 85.8 per cent. The next largest group, British Pakistanis, now account for 1.7 per cent of the borough's population.

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 themselvesJedi Knights.

Referencing the peace-keeping force from the Star Wars series, there are reckoned to be 390,000 Jedis nationwide.

 

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