England’s Jewish population has remained stable over the past decade, bolstered by Orthodox Jewry’s growth, according to an analysis of government data.
Data released December 11 by Britain’s Office for National Statistics showed 263,346 Jews living in England and Wales, a figure that can be adjusted upward to approximately 284,000, according to an analysis by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and the Board of Deputies of British Jews. This would mean that Jews are roughly 0.5 percent of the population of England and Wales.
The overall size of the Jewish population of England and Wales has remained largely unchanged since 2001, according to the analysis. The government data showed an increase of 1.3 percent in the Jewish population over the past decade.
In Barnet, a borough of London, the Jewish population has increased by almost 16% from 2001 to 2011. One in five Jews in England and Wales now lives in Barnet, the analysis said.
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