The map above shows how many self-proclaimed Jedi currently live in the UK. The Jedi census phenomenon can be found around the world, but has been particularly popular with the English and Welsh.
In 2001, nearly 400,000 people (about 0.7% of the population) claimed to be Jedi in England and Wales, with a further 14,052 claiming to be Jedi in Scotland. This would have made it the 4th most popular religion behind Christians (70%), Muslims (3.1%) and Hindus (2.1%).
However, atheists (14.7%) and those who chose not to answer the religion question (7.8%) were still both significantly larger groups.
By the 2011 census (The figures used for the map above), the number of Jedi in England and Wales had more than halved to 176,632.
While London had the largest total number of Jedi, the Isle of Wight and the Welsh county of Ceredigion both had higher proportion of Jedi living in their midst. The map also shows yet another clear north-south divide and of course shows Northern Ireland just doing its own thing.
To learn more about Star Wars and the Jedi religion have a look at these recommended books:
- Jedi Compass
- Exploring the Jedi Lifestyle: 1 (The Jedi Academy Online Presents)
- The Secret History of Star Wars
Do you think with Star Wars coming back to cinemas soon, that we’ll see a revival in the number of people identifying as Jedi? Leave your comments below: