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Our facts and figures

On this page we share some facts and figures about The Diocese of Blackburn, both about us as a Diocese and the geographic area  that we cover. The Diocese has two Archdeaconries, Blackburn and Lancaster.

Topic Answer
Number of bishops (August 2017)

1 - Diocesan bishop - Bishop of Blackburn

2 - Suffragan bishops - Bishop of Burnley, Bishop of Lancaster

Number of Archdeacons (June 2017) 2 - Archdeacon of Blackburn, Archdeacon of Lancaster
Number of Deaneries (June 2017) 14 - Accrington, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Garstang, Kirkham, Lancaster and Morecambe, Leyland, Pendle, Poulton, Preston, Tunstall, Whalley
Number of benefices (June 2017) 177
Number of parishes (June 2017) 238
Number of churches/licensed worship centres (June 2017) 274
Number of usual weekly church attenders in 2015 

15,600 adults (over 16)

3,400 children (under 16)

Number of people in church worshipping communities in 2015 26,800 of whom 22% are aged 0-17, 49% aged 18-69 and 29% are aged 70+
Number of people on the electoral roll of churches in 2015 27,500

For more information about how our Diocese compares with other Church of England Dioceses, visit the national church Research and Statistics webpages (including an interactive map feature).


The total population of  the Diocese is around  1.3 million. The age profile varies from the  national average with a greater proportion  aged over 45. There is diversity however: in  Blackburn with  Darwen, Lancaster and Preston, at least two out of five residents are  aged less than 30 years, whilst in Fylde and Wyre half of the population is aged over 45. 


For the 14 local authority areas in Lancashire, 90.9% of the population in 2011 were from a white ethnic background (90.9%) . The next largest ethnic group is "Asian or Asian  British" who comprise  6.5% of the resident population.

At district level, five of the Lancashire local  authorities record small  proportions of black or  minority ethnic (BME) populations representing less than 5% of their total resident population.  Only in Preston and four of the East Lancashire districts is there a notable percentage of  residents in the BME groups greater than 10%. Of these, only Blackburn (with 23.2% BME), Pendle  (16.9%) and Preston (15.5%) have proportions of their populations from BME ethnic groups  greater than the average for England of 12.5%.                                                                                           Recent changes have seen a growth in Eastern European immigration into all districts and a steady  increase in the Asian heritage minorities both in established areas and in the local authority wards  surrounding them. 


From the 2011 census returns 67% of Lancashire stated that they were Christian, 6.6% were Muslim, 1.1% other religions and the remaining 25.2% had no or unstated religion.

There are 26 parishes that fit the official Presence and Engagement criteria (at least 10%  of one other faith). All of the Presence and Engagement parishes are in either Accrington, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle or Preston deaneries.

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