Equality and diversity data
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination under these 9 protected categories:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnerships
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion and belief
- sexual orientation
Supporting data for 7 of these categories is available here. We are unable to provide information on pregnancy and maternity. There are currently no data sources that provide information on gender reassignment or the number of transgender residents in Kent; however, national statistics can be found on the National LGBT survey.
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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.
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.
Information about the number of male and female residents by age in Kent can be found in the Mid-Year Population Estimates: Age and gender profile bulletin (PDF, 938.6 KB).
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, 837.7 KB).
The Disability in Kent bulletin (PDF, 1.6 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).
The categories used in the national census are used to identify ethnic groups in Kent.
Information about ethnic diversity in Kent can be found in 2011 Census: Cultural diversity in Kent (PDF, 871.6 KB).
The following documents are also available:
Information from the 2011 Census on the population of Kent by marital status and civil partnerships is available within the summary of sexual orientation in Kent (PDF, 438.2 KB) and in the area profiles.
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 marriage and civil partnership:
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.
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.
- Sexual orientation, UK: 2017 - experimental statistics on sexual orientation in the UK in 2017 by region, sex, age, marital status, ethnicity and socio-economic classification.
- Subnational sexual identity estimates, UK: 2013 to 2015 - estimates from the Annual Population Survey are published as experimental research statistics and are therefore not considered to be official statistics.
Subnational sexual identity estimates for Kent: 2013 to 2015 are available within the summary of sexual orientation in Kent (PDF, 438.2 KB).