'Jedi' religion most popular alternative faith followed in UK
Nearly 176,632 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Jedi Knights, making it the most popular faith in the 'Other Religions' category on the Census and the seventh most popular faith overall.
The new figures reveal that its disciples were only behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the popularity stakes.
Following a nationwide campaign, Jedi made it onto the 2001 census, with 390,127 people identifying themselves a decade ago as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed, the Telegraph reports.
Although the number of Jedis has dropped by more than 50 percent over the previous 10 years, they are still the most selected 'alternative' faith on the Census.
According to the report, it constitutes 0.31 percent of all people's stated religious affiliation in England and Wales.
The latest official population survey also revealed 6,242 people subscribe to the Heavy Metal religion, which was set up in 2010 by the Rock magazine, Metal Hammer.
The number of people specifically identifying as Atheists was 29,267, while over 13.8 million refused to identify with a faith at all, the report said.
According to the report, Norwich had the highest proportion of non-religious people, with 41.5 percent of residents refusing to identify with a faith.
The city also possesses the highest proportion of Heavy Metal followers and the 3rd highest proportion of Jedi Knights.