Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Islam has grown in London in the past 10 years. 14% of Londoners describe themselves as Muslims compared to 12% in 2006. Over the same period Christianity has declined while other faiths have remained stable. But, as previously reported by Urbs, London remains the most religious region of the UK

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that London has a higher proportion of Muslims than Britain generally, 14% compared to 5%.  That’s about 1.1 million people.

The East London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham have by far the largest numbers of Muslims. 45% of the population of Tower Hamlets and 40% of the population of Newham is Muslim. Tower Hamlets has the largest Bangladeshi community in the capital and Newham is home to one of the largest concentration of Pakistan-born Londoners.

There are far fewer Muslims south of the river.

Muslims in London

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See also

Religious Faith in London: Christians

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers

The capital is the most religious region of Britain

 

The capital is the most religious region of Britain

Westminster Abbey interiroLondon is the most religious place in Britain with 75% of the population having some form of belief. But it is the only region of the country where Christians make up less than half of the population.

Across the country an average of 68% of people have religious faith, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. After London, the North West of England is most God-fearing, and the least religious region is Scotland.

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London’s Christian population currently stands at 49%, down from 61% in 2006. The capital has a higher proportion of people of other faiths. Muslims make up 14% of the population compared to 5% nationally. Other faiths are also more common in the capital.

Religion proportions

While Islam has grown a little in London, from 12% to 14% of the population since 2006, other religions groups – Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Buddhist – have remained more or less stable. The biggest change in faith in London is in people losing it.

Religion London

In 2006 16% said that they had no religions belief. In 2014 that had increased to 25%.

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See also

Religous Faith in London: Christians

Religous Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers