Kent Civil Parishes
A parish (also known as a 'civil parish'), is
the smallest unit of local government in England. However, not
all parishes have a council and there are still several areas
within Kent which remain un-parished.
As at 2011 there were 309 civil parishes in the Kent County
Council area and a further 11 in the Medway Unitary Authority
Although parishes are affected by the boundary
changes of the county districts or unitary authorities in which
they fall, they are not contiguous with electoral wards. Many
parishes are a similar size to wards, some are much smaller than
wards and some can contain several wards, and ward boundaries need
not be followed.
In consequence, the huge range in population
size between parishes; the frequent change to the number of
parishes and the fact that some areas of the country have parishes
and others not make them an unsatisfactory unit for national
statistical production on an annual basis. However, the national
census does provide data at parish level.
The total population of Kent parishes is
summarised in the
2011 Census parish population bulletin (PDF,
Socio-economic profiles for all individual parishes in Kent have
been produced using data from the 2001 Census and 2011 Census.
These are available on the area