Deanery of Mount Carmel
Currently, the deanery of Mount Carmel is split into 12 parishes. It covers the area of 78 square kilometers. The table below shows key numbers for the deanery.
Table 1: Key numbers for the deanery
|Area||78 sq km|
As of 30th June 2014, the size of the population living within the boundaries of the deanery of Mount Carmel was estimated at 247k, which is 2% higher that Census 2011 estimate and 6% higher than 2001 estimate. The most populous is the parish of St Mary and the Angels, Ashton-under-Lyne counting 30k people. The largest increase in population size in recent years was noted in the parish of Holy Family and Holy Rosary, Oldham, while the population size of the parish of St Joseph, Shaw shrank. The table below gives further detail at the parish level.
Table 2: Population per parish (show/hide)
At the deanery level, Christians accounted for 57% of the population, followed by Muslims at 18% and population declaring no religion (17%). Christian population was fairly evenly distributed, however, considerable regional differences in size of the Muslim population were observed. They accounted for 59% in the parish of St Mary with St Patrick, Oldham, and only 1% in the parish of Sacred Heart and Our Lady, Oldham. The population declaring no religion was distributed more evenly, with highest proportion observed in the parish of St Joseph, Mossley (25%).
At the deanery level, the Christian population decreased between 2001 and 2011 by about -16%, while the Muslim and 'no religion' populations both increased, by 69% and 87% respectively. The largest decrease in Christian population was observed in the parish of St Mary with St Patrick, Oldham. At the same time largest increase in Muslim population was noted in the parish of St Edward, Lees and of population declaring 'no religion' in the parish of St Joseph, Shaw.
Table 4: Change in declared religion between 2001 and 2011 per parish (show/hide)
The total number of families living in the deanery of Mount Carmel is 60k, of which 51% are married couples and 17% are cohabiting. Lone parents account for about 22% of all families and 49% of families have dependent children. Families with all members aged over 65 account for 10% of all families. The total number of one person households (not included in the families total) is 31k.
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 parish (show/hide)
The age distribution for the deanery of Mount Carmel is shown on the chart on the left. The parish of St Mary with St Patrick, Oldham has largest proportion of people aged between 18 and 35, while the highest proportion of those aged over 65 was observed in the parish of St Joseph, Shaw.
Main economic activity
About 57% of the working age population in the deanery of Mount Carmel declared being in employment as their main economic activity. Retired people accounted for 13% and students 8%.