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Ethnic groups

Key statistics:

  • Birmingham’s residents are from a wide range of national, ethnic and religious groups.
  • The largest ethnic group in Birmingham is White British (53.1%). This is down from 65.6% in 2001, and lower than the 17.8% average in England.
  • Other large groups are Pakistani (13.5%) and Indian (6%).
  • Overseas migrants arriving between the 1950s and 1980s were mainly from southern India and the Caribbean. More recent trends see people arriving from many different parts of the world, including Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
  • 86% of people consider themselves to be British, regardless of ethnicity.
  • 46.1% of residents said they were Christian, 21.8% Muslim, and 19.3% no religion