Census shows gap between Protestants and Catholics narrows to 3% in Northern IrelandTuesday 11 December 2012 23.47
The gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland has narrowed, according to new census figures.
The census reveals that 48% of the resident population are either Protestant, or brought up Protestant, while 45% of the resident population are either Catholic, or brought up Catholic.
Figures show that 5.6% belong to neither faith, nor have been brought up in any religion.
The Northern Ireland census was held on 27 March last year.
The 2011 census was the first time a question on national identity was asked.
Of those questioned, 40% said they were British only, with the remaining 8% choosing British along with another one of the identities, such as British and Irish or British and Northern Irish.
A quarter of the population defined themselves as Irish only, while 21% said they were Northern Irish only.
In terms of religion, in the 2001 census 53% of the population was Protestant with 44% Catholic.