Our ethnically diverse city

The following information is taken from the last census data and shows the number of people in Brighton & Hove by ethnicity, based on each person’s perceived ethnic group and cultural identity.

One in five residents is Black or minority ethnic and identifies as non-white British.

The last census was taken in 2011. We know that the city has experienced a growth in its population since then, and there is a lot of movement into and out of the city.

The next census is due to take place in 2021.

Brighton & Hove residents by ethnicity

Ethnicity

Brighton & Hove population

England average

White British

80.5% (220,020)

79.8%

Non-white

10.9% (29,855)

14.6%

White-non-British

8.6% (23,495)

5.7%

Mixed

3.8% (10,410)

2.3%

Asian

4.1% (11,280)

7.8%

Black

1.5% (4,190)

3.5%

Other ethnic group

1.5% (3,985)

1%

Households with multiple ethnicities

15.1% (18,340)

8.9%

Country of birth

  • Born in England – 81% (221,830)
  • Born outside the UK – 15.7% (42,885)

Household language

English as a main language

Brighton & Hove population

England average

All people in households have English as main language

89.4% (108,655)

90.9%

At least one adult (not all) has English as main language

5.1% (6,225)

3.9%

No adults, but some children have English as main language

0.6% (735)

0.8%

No household members have English as main language

4.9% (5,925)

4.4%

Religion

Religious belief

Brighton & Hove population

England average

Christian

42.9% (117,275)

59.4%

Buddhist

1% (2,740)

0.5%

Hindu

0.7% (1,790)

1.5%

Jewish

1% (2,670)

0.5%

Muslim

2.2.% (6,095)

5%

Sikh

0.1% (340)

0.8%

Other religion

0.9% (2,410)

0.4%

No religion

42.4% (115, 955)

24.7%