Ethnicity and religion

The results of the 2011 census found that Bradford that had become more ethnically diverse. Although the White population had decreased by 12 percentage points since the 2001 census, the largest proportion of the District’s population identified themselves as White British (64%).

Bradford District had the largest proportion of people of Pakistani ethnic origin (20%) in England – this is an increase of six percentage points since the 2001 census.

The proportions of Black, Mixed, Bangladeshi and Other White groups also increased between 2001 and 2011.

At the time the census was taken, 82.8% of the District’s population was born in the UK and 17.2% was born elsewhere.

The proportion of people who identify as Christian fell from 60% in 2001 to 46% in 2011. 

Nearly one-quarter of the District's population identified themselves as Muslim - an increase of eight percentage points since 2001. 

Just over one-fifth of the District's population stated that they had no religion

The question about religion in the census was voluntary and 6% of the District's population chose not to answer

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