UK Census: Buddhism Second Biggest Religion, Evangelical Christians Growing

March 4, 2003

Source: BBC News

On March 4, 2003 the BBC News reported, "The findings from the recent census also show many Christians in the region are returning to their evangelical roots. Devon and Cornwall had a population of 1,576,186 when the census was taken in 2001. Most describe themselves as Christian - some 899,749 people - with the next biggest religion being Buddhism, with 2,639 practising the faith in both counties. The census also recorded 2,168 Moslems, 1,087 practising Jews, 755 Hindus and 280 Sikhs. Some 198,192 people described themselves as agnostic or atheist. Evangelical Christianity is garnering a strong following in the region."