Demography of Leicester

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Population density in the 2011 census in Leicester.

Leicester, England is an ethnically and culturally diverse city. It is the thirteenth most populous city in the United Kingdom.

Population[edit]

Leicester's total population, according to the 2011 UK census, was 329,839. The population density was 4,494 people per square km.

Ethnicity[edit]

The following table shows the ethnic group of respondents in the 2001 and 2011 censuses in Leicester.

Ethnic Group 2001[1] 2011[2]
Number % Number %
White: British 169,456 60.54% 148,629 45.06%
White: Irish 3,602 1.29% 2,524 0.77%
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller[note 1] 417 0.13%
White: Other 5,681 2.03% 15,066 4.57%
White: Total 178,739 63.85% 166,636 50.52%
Asian or Asian British: Indian 72,033 25.73% 93,335 28.30%
Asian or Asian British: Pakistani 4,276 1.53% 8,067 2.45%
Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi 1,926 0.69% 3,642 1.10%
Asian or Asian British: Chinese[note 2] 1,426 0.51% 4,245 1.29%
Asian or Asian British: Other Asian 5,516 1.97% 13,181 4.00%
Asian or Asian British: Total 85,177 30.43% 122,470 37.13%
Black or Black British: Caribbean 4,610 1.65% 4,790 1.45%
Black or Black British: African 3,432 1.23% 12,480 3.78%
Black or Black British: Other Black 553 0.20% 3,315 1.01%
Black or Black British: Total 8,595 3.07% 20,585 6.24%
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean 2,841 1.01% 4,691 1.42%
Mixed: White and Black African 539 0.19% 1,161 0.35%
Mixed: White and Asian 1,908 0.68% 3,388 1.03%
Mixed: Other Mixed 1,218 0.44% 2,340 0.71%
Mixed: Total 6,506 2.32% 11,580 3.51%
Other: Arab[note 3] 3,311 1.00%
Other: Any other ethnic group 904 0.32% 5,257 1.59%
Other: Total 904 0.32% 8,568 2.60%
Total 279,921 100.00% 329,839 100.00%

Notes for table above

  1. ^ New category created for the 2011 census
  2. ^ In 2001, listed under the 'Chinese or other ethnic group' heading.
  3. ^ New category created for the 2011 census
Distribution of ethnic groups in Leicester according to the 2011 census.
White 
White-British 
White-Irish 
White-Other 
Asian 
Asian-Indian 
Asian-Pakistani 
Asian-Bangladeshi 
Asian-Chinese 
Black 
Black-African 
Black-Caribbean 
Other-Arab 

Languages[edit]

The most common main languages spoken in Leicester according to the 2011 census are shown below.[3]

Rank Language Usual residents aged 3+ Proportion
1 English 228,295 72.47%
2 Gujarati 36,347 11.54%
3 Punjabi 7,560 2.40%
4 Polish 6,192 1.97%
5 Urdu 3,376 1.07%
6 Somali 3,331 1.06%
7 Arabic 2,516 0.80%
8 Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya) 1,808 0.57%
9 Portuguese 1,750 0.56%
10 Kurdish 1,520 0.48%
11 Tamil 1,498 0.48%
12 Hindi 1,095 0.35%
13 Persian 1,021 0.32%
14 Slovak 878 0.28%
15 French 849 0.27%
16 Shona 801 0.25%
17 Turkish 584 0.19%
18 Greek 546 0.17%
19 Swahili/Kiswahili 533 0.17%
20 Tagalog/Filipino 496 0.16%
Other 14,015 4.45%

Religion[edit]

The following table shows the religion of respondents in the 2001 and 2011 censuses in Leicester.

Religion 2001[4] 2011[5]
Number % Number %
Christian 125,187 44.72% 106,872 32.40%
Buddhist 638 0.23% 1,224 0.37%
Hindu 41,248 14.74% 50,087 15.19%
Jewish 417 0.15% 295 0.09%
Muslim 30,885 11.03% 61,440 18.63%
Sikh 11,796 4.21% 14,457 4.38%
Other religion 1,179 0.42% 1,839 0.56%
No religion 48,789 17.43% 75,280 22.82%
Religion not stated 19,782 7.07% 18,345 5.56%
Total 279,921 100.00% 329,839 100.00%
Distribution of religions in Leicester according to the 2011 census.
Christianity 
Islam 
Judaism 
Hinduism 
Sikhism 
Buddhism 
Other religion 
No religion 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 census - theme tables". NOMIS. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Download:local authorities: county / unitary". NOMIS. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Download:local authorities: county / unitary". NOMIS. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "2001 census - theme tables". Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Download:local authorities: county / unitary". NOMIS. Retrieved 17 June 2015.