I wasn’t happy with the statistics that I found when previously researching so I decide to ring Belfasts Census Customer Services to get some more information. The girl on the phone helped me to find a link which allowed me to look up specific queries regarding statistics within Belfast.

As a group we have decided to focus more on the religious aspects of the city since this is still quite a big issue in regards to division within the community.

First of all we thought it was important to know the population of each of the areas of Belfast:

  • North
  • East
  • South
  • West


This table below gives clear population statistics for each of the areas and also gives the percentage increase or decrease since the last census in 2001.

This table is extremely helpful for furthering our research of Belfast.

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Since we are focusing mostly on the religious aspects of the city we of course had to look at the Religion category in the census. We are going to look at which religion (protestant/catholic/other) dominate which areas.

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East Belfast:

Population: 92,221

Protestant: 69,533

Catholic: 11,712

Other: 1,324

None: 9,652

From these stats we can determine that from a population of over 92,000 people the majority of people are protestant.


North Belfast:

Population: 102,531

Protestant: 46,821

Catholic: 48,126

Other: 1,066

None: 6,518

From these stats we can determine that North Belfast is fairly mixed in relation to the amount of catholic and protestant inhabitants.


South Belfast:

Population: 111,402

Protestant: 48,630

Catholic: 49,025

Other: 3,124

None: 10,623

From these stats on South Belfast we can determine that like North it is a fairly mixed area of Belfast in regards to protestant and catholic inhabitants.


West Belfast:

Population: 93,986

Protestant: 15,645

Catholic: 75,263

Other: 549

None: 2,529


City Centre:

According to Wikipedia Belfast City Centre is mostly populated by students and the elderly. I couldn’t find any statistics specific to the centre of Belfast in regards to religion.


From these stats on West Belfast we can determine that the majority of its inhabitants are of the catholic religion.


From this research I can conclude that out of the four areas of Belfast the East and the West are the most divided whereas North and South are more even when it comes to the amount of protestants/catholics.