Census shows surge in population, decline in religion and arrival of Jedis (From This Is Local London)
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Hundreds of Jedis in Sutton but fewer Christians
Sutton's population has gone up by more than 20,000 in the past 10 years according to newly released census figures.
The statistics also show a huge decline in Christianity, there are now more Polish people than Scottish or Welsh people in the borough, over 250 people have had same sex civil partnerships in the last 10 years, most workers are professionals and there are almost 700 alleged Jedis.
Every household in the country filled out a census form last year and since then officials have been pouring over the data to make it into a snapshot of the UK and its communities. The last census was conducted in 2001.
The statistics for Sutton show a rise in the population from 168,931 to 190,146. Of the current population of Sutton only 58.4 per cent are Christian compared to 70 per cent in 2001. Almost a quarter of people in Sutton - 24.6 per cent - now consider themselves to have no religion, a rise from 16.7 per cent in 2001. Proportions of Muslims and Hindus have both almost doubled, both from two percent to four per cent.
There is a range of religions represented within Sutton including 699 people who claim to be Jedis, a fictional order from the Star Wars films, four people who practise witchcraft, seven Satanists, five Scientologists and 21 people who say their religion is heavy metal.
Most of the borough's inhabitants - 148,527 - were born in England. A a proportion of Sutton's inhabitants, this has dropped from 85 per cent to 78 per cent. The second most common country of birth is Sri Lanka, with 3,386 people living in the borough having been born there followed by India with 3,196 people being born there. There are 2,100 people born in Poland in Sutton compared to 1,958 people born in Scotland and 1,246 born in Wales.
There are 193 people who class themselves as white gypsy/Irish traveller and 18 people who consider their national identity to be Cornish.
Of the borough's workers, 18,731 are in professional occupations. There are 14,327 people in secretarial/administrative jobs, 11,201 in skilled trades and 7407 people in sales and customer service. More than 6,000 people have never worked and are long-term unemployed.
The proportion of the borough's people who are married has gone up from 43 per cent to 47 per cent - bucking the national trend. Singletons have also increased from 32.7 per cent to 34.7 per cent and the number of people who are divorced has gone from 7.9 per cent to 8.4 per cent. Same sex civil partnerships have been introduced since the last census and 266 people have taken advantage.