Summary: Religious Group Demographics
Population information on Scotland's religious groups is collected in Scotland's Census.
- In 2011 over half (54 per cent) of the population of Scotland stated their religion as Christian - a decrease of 11 percentage points since 2001, whilst 37 per cent of people stated that they had no religion - an increase of nine percentage points.
Source: Scotland Census 2001 and 2011
- After Christianity, Islam was the most common faith with 77 thousand people in Scotland describing their religion as Muslim. This is followed by Hindus (16 thousand), people from Other religions (15,000), Buddhists (13 thousand), Sikhs (9 thousand) and Jews (6 thousand). Even with these groups added together they still accounted for less than 3 per cent of the overall population.
|2011 ||% of Total Population ||Number |
|Church of Scotland ||32.4 ||1,718,000 |
|Roman Catholic ||15.9 ||841,000 |
|Other Christian ||5.5 ||291,000 |
|Buddhist ||0.2 ||13,000 |
|Hindu ||0.3 ||16,000 |
|Jewish ||0.1 ||6,000 |
|Muslim ||1.4 ||77,000 |
|Sikh ||0.2 ||9,000 |
|Another Religion || |
|All Religions ||56.3 ||2,986,000 |
|No Religion ||36.7 ||1,941,000 |
|Not Answered ||7 ||368,000 |
|All no religion/Not answered ||43.7 ||2,309,000 |
|Base ||100 ||5,295,000 |
Source: Scotland's 2011 Census Release 2A (Table 7)
Population estimates by religion are also available through the Scottish Household Survey.
Source: Scottish Household Survey (2012)
- The largest number of religious marriages were carried out by ministers of the Church of Scotland, who conducted 5,508 marriages in 2012.
- The other religious bodies conducting more than 500 marriages in 2012 were the Roman Catholic Church (1,827), Assemblies of God (886) and the Scottish Episcopal Church and other churches of the Anglican Communion (589).
Source: Scotland's Population 2012 (The Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends)