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What can the UK Census tell us about Jews in Britain?

What can the UK Census tell us about Jews in Britain?

UK Census data on religion are absolutely fundamental to understanding today's Jewish population. JPR's ongoing work on the 2011 Census is designed to paint an up-to-date portrait of the British Jewish community, and to support the planning of numerous Jewish charities and organisations operating throughout the country.

Among the countless insights the data offer, they allow us to see the population in context, and demonstrate that Jews comprise just under 0.5% of the total population of England and Wales. Given that the Jewish population clusters around certain geographical areas, notably parts of London and Manchester, in most parts of the UK the proportion is significantly lower.

Due to the sheer size of the dataset, and the fact that data now exist for both 2011 and 2001, the Census provides numerous extraordinary and priceless insights into how Britain's Jewish population is changing, and what it is likely to look like in the future.

JPR will be publishing its insights on an ongoing basis in a series of mini-reports. To access the first of these, click here. To find out how JPR's research team can use Census data to help your organisation plan for its future, email us at

21 Feb 2013 - What can the UK Census tell us about Jews in Britain?