But that 3 million number (5.6%) in England is out of a total population of 66 million. America’s 3.3 million Muslims comprise 1% of a population of 330 million (though it feels like much more). However, this 3 million Muslim number in England is from 2016, so no doubt, it is much higher by now.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) The Muslim population of England has passed the three million mark for the first time, according to estimates prepared by Whitehall.
They said that Muslims are the fastest-growing faith group in the country – while allegiance to Christianity continues to decline.
The figures were produced by the Office for National Statistics as part of a research project to try for the first time to make regular assessments of the size of different ethnic and religious groups. Until now religious and ethnic minority populations could be gauged only once a decade using the results of the full-scale ten-yearly national census.
The new figures suggest that in 2016 – five years after the 2011 national census – there were 3,138,000 Muslims in England and Wales, up by more than 400,000 from 2.7 million over the five years. This was an increase of roughly 16 per cent. In England alone, the ONS estimates said, there were 3,092,000 Muslims in 2016.
It added that statisticians cannot yet pinpoint the reasons for the growth in the Muslim population and the decline of Christianity. (It can’t? How about mass Muslim immigration not to mention overbreeding by Muslims?)
As a share of the population of England, the assessment indicated that the Muslim faith group made up 5.6 per cent in 2016 against 4.7 per cent in 2011.
‘The areas with the highest proportion of Muslims were in London with the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham having 34.5 per cent and 32.0 per cent respectively.
‘There were several areas outside London with proportions higher than 20 per cent including Blackburn with Darwen in the North West (27.0 per cent ), Bradford in Yorkshire and the Humber, Luton in East of England, Slough in South East, and Birmingham in the West Midlands.’ (Not coincidentally, these areas also have some of the highest crime/rape rates in the country)