Equality and diversity

Information about the diversity of the people in Kent.

Find out more about our equality and diversity policy statement.

If you need help with any of the documents on this page or require any further information, call 03000 41 74 44 or email research@kent.gov.uk.

View population data by 5-year age group for Kent districts (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Our population is ageing and one of the reasons for this is increased life expectancy. Population forecasts show how the number of young and middle aged people is forecast to decline in future years, while the number of older people is forecast to significantly increase.

The number of deaths in Kent has been falling steadily over recent years due to people living longer. More information is available in our life expectancy bulletin (PDF, 1.1 MB) .

The Disability in Kent bulletin (PDF, 1.2 MB) presents three measures which can be used to estimate the number of people in Kent with a disability.

The 2011 Census captured information on long-term health problems and disability. Kent population by health and provision of unpaid care (XLS, 88.5 KB) provides data for Kent and the districts within it.

Analysis of this data and the changes between the 2001 Census and the 2011 Census are presented in the health and provision of unpaid care in Kent bulletin (PDF, 830.1 KB).

There are more female residents in Kent than male. However, boys outnumber girls up to the age of 24, and women outnumber men for all ages after that.

Information about the number of male and female residents in Kent can be found in the Mid Year Population Estimates: Age and gender profile bulletin (PDF, 1.2 MB).

There are currently no data sources which provide information on the number of transgender residents in Kent.

Information from the 2011 census about the religious beliefs of Kent residents is available below:

Currently under the Equality Act of 2010 there is no single source of data that provides a measure of sexual orientation for the whole population for all levels of geography.

A summary of sexual orientation in Kent. (PDF, 438.2 KB)

The 2011 Census included a ‘civil partnership’ category within the marital status question for the first time.  However, this does not count all people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LBG). Only those who have entered into a same-sex civil partnership are counted so these figures are likely to under represent the LGB community.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the following information which helps to provide an understanding of the population included within the protected characteristics of sexual orientation.