Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland for the 1st time considering that its founding, in accordance to census results introduced on Thursday.
A overall of 45.7% of people today in the North are Catholic or have a Catholic background, compared with 43.5% of Protestants or other Christian denominations. About 1.5% are from other non-Christian religions.
The remaining 9.3% of the inhabitants – 177,400 folks – neither belonged to nor grew up in any faith. This variety has enhanced due to the fact the final census in 2011, when 5.6%, or 101,2000 persons, ended up recorded in this classification.
In 2011, 48% ended up Protestant or experienced a Protestant track record, compared with 45% of Catholics.
Preliminary benefits from the 21 March 2021 census, launched in May possibly, confirmed Northern Ireland’s inhabitants had developed to 1.9 million.
The second established of benefits, posted by the Northern Ireland Institute for Statistics and Exploration, incorporates details on religion, nationwide identification, race, language and passports.
Census final results present a extraordinary boost in the variety of men and women keeping Irish passports individually or jointly because the previous census in 2011.
The variety of Irish passport holders, possibly independently or jointly, enhanced by 63.5% from 375,800 in 2011 to 614,300 in 2021, in line with the boost in need for Irish passports due to the fact Brexit.
The variety of individuals holding British passports individually or jointly fell somewhat from 1.07 million in 2011 to 1 million at the most recent census.
When it will come to identity, 33% determine as Irish, possibly by itself or with other nationalities, up from 28.4% in 2011.
The percentage determining individually or jointly as British fell from 48.4% in 2011 to 42.8% around the exact period of time. These who separately or jointly establish as Northern Ireland rose marginally from 29.4% in 2011 to 31.5% previous year.