Statistics for the Diocese of Salford

Diocese of Salford



Currently, the diocese of Salford is split into 8 deanaries and 148 parishes. It covers the area of just under 2,000 square kilometers (1,989k hectares). The table below shows key numbers for the diocese.

Table 1: Key numbers for the diocese
Area2,000 sq kilometers
Population (2011)2.39m
Christians (2011)1.41m
Catholics (2011)308.5k


Overall, the size of the population living within the boundaries of the diocese of Salford was estimated at 2.43m, which is 2% higher that Census 2011 estimate and 10% higher than 2001 estimate. The most populous is the deanery of St Ambrose Barlow, counting 474k people. The largest increase in population size in recent years was noted in the deanery of St Chad, while the population size of the deanery of St John Southworth shrank. The table below gives further detail at deanery level.

The deanery of St Ambrose Barlow, covering South Manchester, is largest in terms of number of parishes and served population, while the deanery of St John Southworth covers largest area and also has largest number of churches and chapels. The highest ratio of church buildings to parishes was observed in the deanery of St John Vianney (1.5, while ratio for the diocese is 1.2)

Table 2: Area, parishes and population per deanery (show/hide)


At the diocesan level, Christians accounted for 59% of the population, followed by Muslims at 12% and population declaring no religion (20%). Christian population was fairly evenly distributed, however, considerable regional differences in size of Muslim population were observed. They accounted for 18% in the deanery of Mount Carmel, and only 3% in the deanery of St John the Evangelist. The population declaring no religion was distributed more evenly, with highest proportion observed in the deanery of St Ambrose Barlow (26%).

Table 3: Population by declared religion per deanery, 2011 (show/hide)

The Christian population decreased between 2001 and 2011 by about -11%, while the Muslim and 'no religion' populations both increased, by 72% and 93% respectively. The largest decrease in Christian population was observed in the deanery of Mount Carmel. At the same time largest increase in Muslim population and population declaring 'no religion' was noted in deanery of St Chad

Table 4: Change in declared religion between 2001 and 2011 per deanery (show/hide)

Family composition

The total number of families living in the diocese of Salford is 586k, of which 50% are married couples and 18% are cohabiting. Lone parents account for about 21% of all families and 46% of families have dependent children. Families with all members aged over 65 accounted for 11% of all families. The total number of one person households (not included in the families total) is 326k.

Please note, the number of families and one person households presented in this section do not capture the 'other' category, including mainly student households and households with lodgers.

The table below provides detail at the parish level.

Table 5: Family composition per deanery (show/hide)

Age profile

The age distribution for the diocese of Salford is shown on the chart on the left. The deanery of St Ambrose Barlow has largest proportion of people aged between 18 and 35, while the highest proportion of those aged over 65 was observed in deanery of St John Vianney. The proportion of children and young people aged below 18 was similar across all deaneries.

Table 6: Age profile per deanery (show/hide)

Main economic activity

About 58% of working age population in the diocese of Salford declared being in employment as their main economic activity. Retired people accounted for 13% and students 11%. The three deaneries with highest proportion of students were: St Ambrose Barlow (21%), St John the Evangelist (11%) and St Chad (10%).

Table 7: Main economic activity per deanery, 2011 (show/hide)

Last updated: 23rd July 2016