Deanery | Statistics for the Diocese of Salford

Deanery of St John Southworth
Clitheroe and Blackburn



Currently, the deanery of St John Southworth is split into 25 parishes. It covers the area of 675 square kilometers. The table below shows key numbers for the deanery.

Table 1: Key numbers for the deanery
Area675 sq km
Population (2011)238k
Christians (2011)147k


As of 30th June 2014, the size of the population living within the boundaries of the deanery of St John Southworth was estimated at 238k, which is -0% higher that Census 2011 estimate and 7% higher than 2001 estimate. The most populous is the parish of Holy Family, Blackburn counting 27k people. The largest increase in population size in recent years was noted in the parish of St Mary, Chipping, while the population size of the parish of St Peter and St Joseph, Stonyhurst 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 62% of the population, followed by Muslims at 17% and population declaring no religion (14%). Christian population was fairly evenly distributed, however, considerable regional differences in size of the Muslim population were observed. They accounted for 73% in the parish of St Alban and the Good Shepherd, Blackburn, and only 0% in the parish of Ss Peter and Paul, Ribchester. The population declaring no religion was distributed more evenly, with highest proportion observed in the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, Blackburn (23%).

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

At the deanery level, the Christian population decreased between 2001 and 2011 by about -8%, while the Muslim and 'no religion' populations both increased, by 49% and 89% respectively. The largest decrease in Christian population was observed in the parish of Sacred Heart, Blackburn. At the same time largest increase in Muslim population was noted in the parish of Holy Souls, Blackburn and of population declaring 'no religion' in the parish of St John Vianney, Blackburn.

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

Family composition

The total number of families living in the deanery of St John Southworth is 61k, of which 55% are married couples and 15% are cohabiting. Lone parents account for about 18% of all families and 46% of families have dependent children. Families with all members aged over 65 account for 12% of all families. The total number of one person households (not included in the families total) is 29k.

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)

Age profile

The age distribution for the deanery of St John Southworth is shown on the chart on the left. The parish of St Anne, Blackburn 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 Mary, Osbaldeston.

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

Main economic activity

About 60% of the working age population in the deanery of St John Southworth declared being in employment as their main economic activity. Retired people accounted for 14% and students 8%.

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

Last updated: 23rd July 2016