Jedi Order finds disciples in Surrey

Jedi Order finds disciples in Surrey

Jedi Order finds disciples in Surrey

First published in Bizarre This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter - Epsom

Nearly a thousand self-professed Jedi live across Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead and Mole Valley, the latest census reveals.

More than 200 people living in Epsom and Ewell described themselves as Jedi Knights, who follow the Jedi Order, wield lightsabers and use the Force in Star Wars.

However, they were outnumbered by about 300 Jedi in Mole Valley and about 450 Jedi in Reigate and Banstead.

In the whole of the Southeast there are about 36,550 Jedi, according to the 2011 Census, down from about 79,850 in 2001.

Back in 2001 there was a grassroots movement through the Internet to get people to list their religion as Jedi in the national census.

But this year the British Humanist Association’s census campaign encourages people to answer ‘no religion’ instead of Jedi to properly identify people who are not religious.

In Epsom and Ewell 61.5 percent of people were described as Christian, down from 73 per cent in 2001.

But those saying they do not belong to any religion grew from 14.8 to 24.3 percent and Hindus increased from 1.8 to 2.5 per cent.

A similar pattern was seen in Reigate and Banstead, with Christians falling from 73.8 to 61.9 per cent, and Mole Valley, with Christians falling from 75.4 to 64.3 per cent.

The percentage of people in the area who are married is considerably higher than the national average of 46.6 per cent.

Mole Valley is in near the top of the local authority marital league table in England and Wales with 55 per cent of people over 16 married.

In Epsom and Ewell that figure is 52.9 per cent and in Reigate and Banstead 51.5 per cent.

Resident Population

Epsom and Ewell - 75,102

Mole Valley - 85,375

Reigate and Banstead - 137,835

Ethnic Group

Epsom and Ewell

White - 85.9 per cent  

Black /African / Caribbean/ Black British - 0.6 per cent 

Mixed / Multiple Ethnic Groups -2.5 per cent

Asian / Asian British - 8.6 per cent

Mole Valley

White - 95 per cent 

Black /African / Caribbean/ Black British - 0.3 per cent

Mixed / Multiple Ethnic Groups - 1.4 per cent

Asian / Asian British - 2.5 per cent

Reigate and Banstead

White - 90.6 per cent

Black /African / Caribbean/ Black British - 0.6 per cent

Mixed / Multiple Ethnic Groups - 2.2 per cent

Asian / Asian British - 5.2 per cent

Married residents aged 16 and over

Epsom and Ewell - 52.9 per cent

Mole Valley - 55 per cent

Reigate and Banstead - 51.5 per cent


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