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Overview of Equality Results from the 2011 Census Release 2

Overview of Equality Results from the 2011 Census Release 2

Friday, March 21, 2014

ISBN: 9781784123680

Overview of Equality Results from the 2011 Census Release 2, focussing on ethnicity, religion and disability

Executive Summary

This paper presents analysis of Census (Release 2) data and focuses on ethnicity, religion and disability. Some of the key findings are:

•The 2011 Census showed Scotland to be a more ethnically diverse and a less religious nation than in 2001;

•Despite its increased diversity, Scotland was still a much less ethnically diverse country than England in 2011: minority ethnic groups comprised 4 per cent of Scotland’s population compared with 15 per cent in England;

•Minority ethnic groups in Scotland were less likely to live in deprived areas than minority ethnic groups in England;

•The proportion of the population who recorded that they belonged to the Church of Scotland fell from 42 per cent in 2001 to 32 per cent in 2011. Over the same period the proportion of the population stating they had no religion increased from 28 to 37 per cent;

•Prevalence of limiting long-term health problems or disability did not increase despite the nation aging in this period. Prevalence of a limiting long-term health problem or disability was much greater in deprived areas.

This is further analysis of data already published by the National Records of Scotland.