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Census reveals best area for love
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The report sheds new light on urban life in England and Wales
Lancaster University is the best place to look for love in England and Wales, while the worst is West Hill in Devon, government figures suggest.

A new analysis of the 2001 Census shows that 12% of adults in West Hill are single - the lowest in the country - compared to 93% at Lancaster.

The report looked at all urban areas with populations above 1,500.

It shows that northern England has most white Christian areas, while the South East is the place to retire.

West Hill also has the second highest proportion of married people in the country, narrowly beaten by Pannal, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, where over 72% of adults are married.

Higher Folds in Greater Manchester comes top of the table on two fronts - the highest proportion of divorcees and the most households without access to a car.

Christianity

The 30 urban areas with the highest proportion of white Christians are all in the North.

Topping the census is Cleator Moor in Cumbria, where almost 90% of the population is Christian.

By contrast, the area with highest proportion of Muslims was the Blackburn/Darwen area in Lancashire, with 19.5% of the population.

POPULATION FACTS
In Higher Folds, Greater Manchester, less than half of households has access to a car
In Tanfield in Herts 71.9% has access to two or more cars
Wheatley Hill in Durham has a white, British population of 99.5%
In Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire 42.7% of people are 65 and over
In Frinton and Walton in Essex 16.8% of the population is divorced
The Office for National Statistics produced one report each for the North, Midlands, Wales and the South West, and the South East.

Religious, demographic and social data was studied to provide a profile of urban societies in England and Wales.

It shows that the South East is dominated by the Greater London area, where 8.5m people live.

The next largest urban area in the region is Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton with a population of 461,000.

And in nearby Hastings almost one in four people are retired.

The South East is also the most diverse religiously.

It has areas with the largest proportion of Jewish people (Radlett in Hertfordshire, with 24.1%) and of Asian ethnicity (Slough, also with 24.1%).

While the Midlands has the three areas with the biggest proportion of Hindus - Leicester, 11.1%, Loughborough with 5.4% and Wellingborough/Great Doddington with 4.9%.

The least religious community is Gilfach Goch in Glamorgan, Wales, where 38.5% of people stated that they were of no religion.




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