Summary of facts and figures

The Kent facts and figures below provide a summary of each section. The Kent County Council Area is covered by 12 local authority districts (PDF, 81.5 KB)

Kent has a land area of 1,368 square miles and approximately just over 350 miles of coastline.

It is known as 'the garden of England' as:

  • 85% of the land area is classed as greenspace,
  • 6% of land accounts for domestic gardens
  • less than 2% of the land is covered by buildings.

For more information read the distribution of Kent's land by use bulletin.

According to the 2011 Census, Kent has 605,638 households. The majority (64.7%) of these are one family households. The average household size in Kent is 2.37 people which is comparable to that of the South East (2.38 people) and the national figure of 2.36 people.

Since the Census, 23,344 new dwellings have been built in Kent. This is an average number of 4,669 new homes each year up to 2015/16. As a result we estimate that Kent now has 630,300 households in 2016. This is a 3.9% increase over five years.

Read more about Kent area profiles.

The average house price in Kent is just under £306,610 whilst the figure for the South East as a whole is just over £352,695.

For more information read the house price and transactions bulletin.

Council Tax band D is considered to be the 'average' council tax band in England and 19.6% of properties in Kent fall into this band. The average council tax for a band D property in Kent is £1,585. This is higher than the national average (£1,530). The largest proportion of Kent properties falls in to band C (27.8%).

For more information read the Council Tax bulletin.

Kent ranks 100 out of 152 county and unitary authorities in the English Indices of Deprivation 2015 (ID2015). This places Kent within England's least deprived 50% of authorities. A rank of 1 indicates the most deprived area. There are some areas within Kent that do fall within the 20% most deprived in England.

For more information read the deprivation in Kent report.

With a resident population of just over 1,541,900, Kent has the largest population of all of the English counties. Just over half of the total population of Kent is female (51%) and 49% are male.

Read the mid-year population estimates age and gender profile bulletin.

People living in urban areas make up 74% of the Kent population but they only occupy 23% of the total land area. The remaining 26% of the population live in rural areas but occupy 77% of the land in Kent. Find out more in the mid-year population estimates ward level population bulletin.

Over the past 10 years Kent's population has grown by 11% between 2006 and 2016, above the average both for the South East (9.1%) and for England (8.4%).  Kent’s population is forecast to increase by a further 21.6% between 2015 and 2035.

Overall, the age profile of Kent residents is similar to that of England. However, Kent does have a greater proportion of young people aged 5 -19 years and of people aged 45+ years than the England average. Just under a fifth of Kent's population is of retirement age (65+). Kent has an aging population.  Forecasts show that the number of 65+ year olds is forecast to increase by 57.5% between 2015 and 2035, yet the proportion of population aged under 65 is only forecast to increase by 15%.
The largest ethnic group in Kent is White. 93.7% of all residents are of white ethnic origin, and 6.6% are of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) origin. The largest single BME group in Kent is Indian representing 1.2% of the total population.

62.5% of Kent residents describe themselves as Christian, whilst the largest non - Christian religious group is Muslim (1%).

81.6% of Kent residents describe their health as being very good or good and 17.6% of Kent's population have an illness or condition which limits their day to day activities in some way. The number of Kent residents who are claiming disability benefits is 122,230 (8.0%). This is higher than the South East region (6.6%) but slightly lower than the national figure (8.2%).

Read the disability in Kent bulletin (PDF, 1.2 MB).

61% of Kent's population (940,300 people) are of working age (aged 16 to 64). Read the interactive population estimate toolkit.

78.9% of Kent's resident working age population is economically active which means that they are either in work or actively looking for work.

The remaining 21.1% of the working age population are economically inactive. These people are not in work nor are they looking to work. This group includes those who are retired, looking after home and family, students or are permanently sick or unable to work. Read the labour force profile.

10.3% of Kent residents of working age are claiming at least one of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits. This is higher than the South East region (8.3%) but lower than the national figure (10.9%). Read the benefits bulletin.

7.4% of Kent residents of working age are claiming 'out of work' benefits from the DWP which is used as a measure of 'worklessness'. This is higher than the South East region (6.1%) but lower than the national figure 8.3%). Read the district profiles.

Currently, approximately 15,545 people in Kent (1.7%) are claiming unemployment benefit. This is higher than the South East region (1.2%) but lower than the national rate (1.9%). Read the unemployment change bulletins.

Just over a third of the Kent's population aged 16 to 64 (36.9%) is qualified to at least NVQ level 4/5. This is lower than both the national average (38.2%) and the figure for the South East as a whole (41.4%). The percentage of Kent's population aged 16 to 64 with no qualifications, at 7.0%, is lower than the national figure of 8% but higher than the South East (5.4%) . Read the district profile.

The average weekly full time earnings for people who work in Kent is £517.50. This is below the average for the South East (£566) and the national average of £540.20.

The professional, scientific and technical industry group accounts for the largest proportion of businesses in Kent (17.7%), the South East (20.5%) and England & Wales (18.2%). However the proportion in Kent is lower than that seen regionally and nationally.

Construction is the second largest industry group in Kent (15.5%), the South East (12.9%) and in England & Wales with (11.8%).In contrast the proportion of this industry group is much higher in Kent than that seen regionally and nationally.

Read the UK business survey.

Kent has a high proportion of micro businesses - the latest data shows that 89.5% of all Kent’s businesses employ fewer than 10 people. The majority of these businesses employ less than 5 people. Those firms employing 100 or more employees account for 1% of all businesses in Kent.

Find out more on the state of the Kent economy.

Kent Businesses in the wholesale and retail trade have the largest proportion of employees (17.8%) followed by 13.4% working in human health & social work activities and then 9.8% in education.

Read the BRES bulletin.

The latest 1 year survival rate for businesses in Kent is 93.6%.  This is slightly higher than survival rates in the South East (93.2%) and England (92.2%).

Find out about the business demography.