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  Thousands choose Star Wars as a 'religion'
Updated 13 February 2003, 15.32
Obi Wan Kenobi is a very famous Jedi
Star Wars fans have made Jedi the fourth most popular "religion" in England and Wales.

In the census in 2001, which counted everyone in England and Wales, people were asked what faith they believed in.

An incredible 390,000 people put "Jedi" - making it the fourth most-popular choice, after Christianity, Islam and Hinduism!

Obi Wan Kenobi is a very famous Jedi
But the fans failed in their overall aim: to get Jedism recognised officially as a religion.

There had been an internet rumour that if enough people put down Jedi, it would be classed as an official religion.

But that turned out not to be true.

The Office for National Statistics decided to count the "Jedi" people in with those who don't believe in any god.

Racial mix

The survey also measured loads of other really important facts about the people living here.

It showed that the number of people from ethnic minorities living in England and Wales had risen by 3% since the last census in 1991.

And with a population of 58,789,194 in the two countries, that's a rise of almost 1.8m people.

More old people than young

The census showed that there are now more grandparents than kids in the UK for first time ever, which is partly because hospitals and doctors are so much better now than they used to be.

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