On the day of the census, March 2011, a total of over 978,000 people classified themselves in the Lancashire-14 area as Christian. A further 279,600 stated no religion, 96,600 indicated that their religion was Muslim, 71,300 did not give a response, whist the other religious groups in Lancashire-14 together accounted for 17,400

Among the local authorities in Lancashire, the 78.1% of people in Ribble Valley who state that they are Christian was the fourth highest rate out of 348 authorities across England and Wales. West Lancashire, South Ribble and Chorley were also ranked in the top 10 across the country.

Blackburn with Darwen (27.0%) and Pendle (17.4%) had high rates of Muslims. The Blackburn with Darwen rate was the third highest in England and Wales.

The Lancashire area has well below the national average for people stating no religion. Lancaster, Rossendale and Blackpool were the only Lancashire areas with rates approaching the national average of 25.1%.

Among the other religions, Preston (2.4%) had well above the national average of Hindus, and the largest percentage of Sikhs (0.7%) in Lancashire-14. 

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last updated January 2013