2011 Scottish census data on the non-religious and Church of Scotland and Roman Catholic adherents released

The latest picture of official findings from the 2011 Scottish census makes interesting reading.

More information is now available about those professing no religion who in 2011 made up 37 per cent of Scots – a figure that has probably increased since then to about 40 per cent on the basis of continuing trends 2001-2011.

Non-religious people tend to be younger than average. 63% are under age 40, compared to 48% of all Scots. They are much more likely to be single – 48% compared to 35% of all Scots.

The non-religious are also more likely than average to live in a household with dependent children with 51% in such households compared to 43% of all Scots.

Church of Scotland empty nesters

Church of Scotland adherents (32%) of Scots in 2011 tend to be older than average with only 31% of them under age 40. They are more likely than average to be Scots born, married and ‘empty nesters’ whose children have left home. Only 32% have dependent children compared to 42% of adult Scots.

Catholics integrated into Scottish society

It is a measure of the integration of Roman Catholics into Scottish society (16% of the population) that they are now the most typically Scottish of the groups discussed here –they are closer to the average in most of the newly released data – except that only 88% were born in Scotland compared to 95% of all and 99% of Church of Scotland adherents and they tend to live in the larger urban areas.

The data sources can be examined at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/10/8378/5

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