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2011 Census Results (England and Wales): Initial Insights into Jewish Neighbourhoods
By David Graham
Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), February 19, 2013
In 2001, the British national Census produced the largest dataset ever compiled on Jews in Britain. In 2011, it produced an even larger dataset, rendered all the more valuable because of the comparisons that can now be drawn with the 2001 data. With the release of 2011 Census statistics at the level of the neighbourhood, a highly detailed picture of change in Britain’s Jewish community between 2001 and 2011 can be drawn.
- The population distribution of Jews is highly concentrated. Half (50%) of the whole Jewish population lives in just 66 out of 8,500 neighbourhoods (called wards in the Census)—i.e. less than 1% of the total. Even so, not a single ward contained a Jewish majority.
- Between 2001 and 2011, Golders Green’s Jewish population increased by 34.6%, and it is now the largest Jewish neighbourhood in the country.
- A number of ‘new emergent communities’ can be identified, such as London Colney and Park Street in St Albans.
- A number of ‘consolidator communities’ can also be identified, where previously dominant Jewish neighbourhoods have continued to exhibit considerable growth.
- Significant decline was noted in formerly dominant communities such as Clayhall, Cranbrook, and Barkingside in Redbridge.
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Graham, David. 2011 Census Results (England and Wales): Initial Insights into Jewish Neighbourhoods. Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR). 19 February 2013: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=16025
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