Hundreds of Star Wars Jedis in Wigan

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars

WIGAN can count itself safe from an invasion from Darth Vader and the dark side as the borough’s chapter of Jedi Knights has been unveiled.

According to figures released this week from the 2011 census, more than 680 Jedis reside within Wigan’s local authority border.

In fact, the whole of Greater Manchester appears to be strong with the force with 7,595 Luke Skywalkers spread across the region.

Perhaps less surprisingly, the figures showed that more than 97 per cent of Wiganers are white, 45 per cent live in semi-detached houses, 78 per cent regard themselves to be in good or very good health and almost two thirds work between 31 to 48 hours per week.

The overall population of the borough has increased 3.7 per cent from 301,500 in 2001 to 317,800 in 2011 with females outnumbering males by more than 1,000.

The census figures, released by the Office of National Statistics, revealed that Wigan borough has the fifth highest proportion of Christians within their population with 77.8 per cent.

The borough also has 257 pagans, 16 rastafarians, 11 druids, 10 scientologists, eight satanists and one occultist.

A grass roots campaign before the previous census in 2001 encouraged people to answer the faith question by ticking the “other religion” category and specifying Jedi knight.

Around 333,000 chose to do so a decade ago with last year’s figures showing a decline of Jedis to 176,632. However, the fictional good guys from Star Wars remain the largest group in the country behind the mainstream faiths of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism.

The largest Jedi strongholds in Greater Manchester is Central, who have 1,946 knights, and Stockport who recorded 870.