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According To Census, Star Wars’ Jedi Religion Is Most Popular Alternative Faith In England

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If you’re a devoted Star Wars fan, you might want to consider moving to England. That is, if you don’t already reside there. A census shows the Jedi faith is strong there. 

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In England and Wales, “Jedi” sits behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the category of religion. That excludes Atheists and those who declined to answer the religion question.

According to Telegraph, Jedi first appeared on the census in 2001 after a campaign to include it. And 390,127 considered themselves part of the Jedi “faith” that year.

“Although the number of Jedis has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the past 10 years, they are still the most selected ‘alternative’ faith on the Census, and constitute 0.31% of all people’s stated religious affiliation in England and Wales,” writes Telegraph.

In case you were wondering, “Heavy Metal” is also a religion some subscribe to in England.

Telegraph writes, “Norwich was revealed as the area with the highest proportion of non-religious people, with 41.5% of residents refusing to identify with a faith. The city also possesses the highest proportion of Heavy Metal followers and the 3rd highest proportion of Jedi Knights.”

(via Telegraph)

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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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