CANTERBURY, England • For the first time on record, the number of Scots with no religion outstrips those who belong to the Church of Scotland.
Figures from the 2011 census released Monday show that 37 percent of Scottish people regard themselves as nonreligious, while 32 percent said they identified with the Church of Scotland, known as the Kirk. Some 16 percent said they were Roman Catholic.
The number of people saying they had no religion rose to 1.9 million people, up from 1.4 million in 2001. The total population of Scotland is 5.2 million.