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Each overview in the Focus on series combines data from the 2001 Census and other sources to illustrate its topic, and provide links to further information. This online overview is accompanied by a full report which contains more comprehensive analysis.
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Focus on Ethnicity and Identity paints a picture of the ethnic groups in the UK today. It includes information on their characteristics, lifestyles and experiences, placing particular emphasis on comparing and contrasting the main groups.

The 2001 Census revealed that the UK today is more culturally diverse than ever before. The 4.6 million people from a variety of non-White backgrounds are not evenly distributed across the country, tending to live in the large urban areas. The different groups share some characteristics but there are often greater differences between the individual ethnic groups than between the minority ethnic population as a whole and the White British people.

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arrow Population Size
7.9% from a non-White ethnic group
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Non-White groups are younger
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arrow Geographic Distribution
45% of non-White people live in London
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2% of marriages are inter-ethnic
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Asians have largest households
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7 in 10 identify as White Christian
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9 in 10 of Mixed group identify as British
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Chinese pupils have best GCSE results
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arrow Labour Market
Bangladeshis' unemployment highest
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Pakistanis most likely to be self-employed
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Asians have worst self-reported health
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1 in 10 White and Indian people provide unpaid care
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arrow Smoking and Drinking
Bangladeshi men have highest smoking rates
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Highest risk for Mixed race people
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Further Analysis
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arrow Article: Who are the 'other' groups? (pdf)
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 Updated 21 March 2005
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