The latest batch of results published from the 2011 Census (released at local authority level and above on 11 December) tell us a good deal about what Norfolk is like now and how it has become a much more diverse county than in 2001, the time of the previous census.
One of the many interesting findings was that King’s Lynn and West Norfolk had by far the largest proportion of household spaces that were ‘caravans or other mobile or temporary structures’ – 5.9 per cent or over 4,300 household spaces- of any local authority in the country. This was reported in The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/datablog/interactive/2012/dec/11/census-top-ten-charts-jedi-poland-degree?intcmp=239
Here is a video ‘short story’ about the statistics on religion for England & Wales . Similar videos are available on ethnicity and on international migration, from this link:
It’s been widely reported that Norwich is the local authority in England with the highest proportion of people reporting they have ‘no religion’ – 42.5%, or twice the national average. Norwich also had the equal second largest proportion (0.6%) of Jedi Knights. The city had over 2,600 Muslims and around 1,000 each of Hindus and Buddhists.
New questions on passports held and year of arrival (for those born overseas) were introduced for the 2011 Census in order better to understand the patterns of international migration and the characteristics of different groups of international migrants. Fifty-eight per cent of non-UK born Norfolk residents had arrived in the previous ten years (69% in the case of Norwich, representing a third of all in Norfolk). Around 27,400 Norfolk residents were born in EU countries outside the UK and Ireland, and nearly 31,000 in other countries. The main countries represented were Poland, Germany, Lithuania and Portugal.
Around 41,400 people (4.8 per cent) had a national identity other than English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish or British. Of the 651,200 who held a passport, 22,900 held a passport of EU countries other than the UK or Ireland.
Some 96.5 per cent of Norfolk residents were of White British ethnic group and 3.5 per cent other ethnic groups including 1.1 per cent of mixed or multiple ethnic group. Around 3.5% of the white groups were other than White British, White Irish or White Gypsy or Irish Travellers.
Nearly 109,100 Norfolk households comprised one person – 29 per cent of all households. Of the 263,000 households with two or more people, around 11,500 households (4.3%) had different ethnic groups within partnerships.
Almost 8,000 households in Norfolk had no-one for whom English was their main language. This is 2.1 per cent of households, and the figure for Norwich is more than twice that (4.5 per cent). There were a further 1,100 Norfolk households where at least one child aged 3-15 - but no adult aged 16 and over – had English as a main language.
We will be making all the Norfolk statistics released this month available on Norfolk Insight, and producing a varied series of reports bringing out in more depth what the figures show for Norfolk.
The new questions in the 2011 Census were number of bedrooms, type of central heating, second residence, main language and English language proficiency, month/year of entry into the UK, intended length of stay in the UK, passports held and national identity. The questions that were removed from the Census included professional qualifications, use of (household) amenities and number of workplace employees.
Source: Office for National Statistics, December 2012