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South West Census: 95% 'White' 60% 'Christian', 11% unpaid carer

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 12, 2012

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Jointly with the South East, the South West had the smallest proportion of "socially rented local authority" households (6%).

The South West had the highest proportion (35%) of households in England that owned their homes outright.

The South West had the highest proportion of people in England declaring their ethnicity as 'White' (at 95%) a 2% decrease since 2001, and smallest of all the regions.

The region had the lowest proportions of 'Pakistani', 'Bangladeshi' and 'Chinese' residents (all less than 1%).

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In the South West there was a 12% decrease in the proportion of people who stated their religious affiliation as 'Christian', as with most regions of England and Wales between 2001 and 2011.

In 2011, 60% of residents in this region were Christian.

The South West had the lowest proportion of Muslims (1%) in England and Wales, the lowest proportion of Sikhs (0.1%), and the highest proportion of Buddhists (0.4%) in England and Wales.

In 2011 there were 405,000 foreign-born residents in the South West, 8% of the usual resident population.

In the South West 21% of people aged 16 or over had no recognised qualification – 6% lower than the proportion with a qualification of degree level or above.

The region had 18% of people whose activities were limited by a long-term health problem or disability. It also had 11% of its people providing unpaid care for someone with an illness or disability.

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