Key Statistics

Recent research by CAFOD/Mori Ipsos

Recent research suggests that there are 5,180,000 living in England and Wales who self-identify as being Catholic. This is approximately 9.6% of the population. 60% of these people attend Mass at least once a year. In Scotland 17% of the population is Catholic.

74.6% (85.4%) of Catholics in England and Wales self-define their ethnicity as White British, 4.4% (0.6%) as White Irish, 9.5% (2.2%) as White Eastern European, 3.9% (2%) as White Other, 2.5% (1.3%) as Black African, 1.7% (1%) as Black Caribbean / Other, 1.5% (6.5%) as Asian and 1.9% (0.9%) as Mixed Other. (Numbers in brackets reflect the general population)

By gender 48% (49%) of Catholics are men and 52% (51%) are women (Numbers in brackets reflect the general population).

Catholics follow the age profile of the general population and the work profile of the general population.

Catholics follow the child-bearing profile of the general population.

Catholics are more likely than the general population to live in London and North.

Catholics follow the income profile of the general population.

Catholics follow the class profile of the general population.

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