Today the ward by ward information has been released at last from the 2011 census. The results are, in my view, startling. I have reproduced below the changes since the last census in 2001. The highlights as I see it are the following:
Of 52 Wards, 38 have swung towards a catholic majority by an average swing of 11.3%. the rest have become more protestant by an average of 2.6%. This is a stunning turnaround in a ten year period by any measure.
The wards with the largest changes are:
CHANGE 2011 Protestant % Catholic %
|95GG44 The Mount||-21.4%||12.2%|
This is a preliminary look at the figures. Lots more work to do
The only wards where protestants increased over the ten year period are:
|95GG25 Glen Road||1.0%|
|95GG47 Water Works||0.4%|
|95GG22 Falls Park||1.5%|
|95GG46 Upper Springfield||2.1%|
|95GG35 New Lodge||5.4%|
Hmmm, is there a common thread there?