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, 132.0 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 a minimum of 75% of the land in each of the 12 districts is undeveloped.

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.

Read more about Kent area profiles.

Since the Census, approximately 39,400 new dwellings have been built in Kent. This is an average number of 5,512 each year up to 2017/18. As a result, we estimate that Kent is now home to approximately 680,400 dwellings in 2018.

For more information read about the dwelling completions in Kent and our housing led forecasts.

Data from the Land Registry states that the average house price in Kent during 2018 was £339,689.  This is higher than the national average of £297,220 but lower than the average for the South East which is £379,717 .

For more information read the house price and transactions bulletin.

Council tax band D is considered the ‘average’ council tax band in England, and 19.7% of dwellings in Kent fall into this band. However, the largest proportion of Kent dwellings falls into band C (27.6%). The average council tax for a band D property in Kent is £1,820. This is above than the national average of £1,719. The largest proportion of Kent dwellings falls into band C (27.6%).

For more information read the Council Tax bulletin.

Kent has remained within the same national decile for 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD2019) as for IMD2015 for 4 of the 5 summary measures. Kent is ranked within the least deprived 50% of upper-tier local authorities in England for 4 out of 5 summary measures of the IMD2019. 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 1,581,600 Kent has the largest population of all 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 10.4% between 2006 and 2016, above the average both for the South East (8.7%) and for England (8.2%). Kent’s population is forecast to increase by a further 17% between 2018 and 2038.

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 over a fifth of Kent’s population is aged 65 and over (20.2%).

Kent has an aging population. Forecasts show that the number of 65+ year olds is forecast to increase by 51.7% between 2018 and 2038, yet the proportion of population aged under 65 is only forecast to increase by 8.3%.

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 125,280 (8.1%) this is equal to the national figure but higher than the South East region (6.6%).

Read the disability in Kent bulletin (PDF, 1.6 MB).

60.8% of Kent's population (944,700 people) are of working age (aged 16 to 64). Read the interactive population estimate toolkit.

79.8% 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 20.2% 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.

60,609 Kent residents were claiming Universal Credit as at December 2019. 35% of those were in employment of some kind. Read the district profiles.

Currently, approximately 27,310 people in Kent (2.9%) are claiming unemployment benefit. This is lower than the rate for Great Britain (3.1%). 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 £615.90. This is above the national average of £587.00 but below the regional average of £636.00.

The professional, scientific and technical industry group accounts for the largest proportion of businesses in Kent (17.5%) providing 39,500 jobs. This proportion is lower than the South East (19.8%) and England & Wales (17.6%). This sector has seen the highest growth in number of jobs in Kent over the last year (+2,500 jobs, +6.8%).

The construction industry has the second highest number of businesses based in Kent (10,570) accounting for 16.8% of all enterprises in the county. In contrast the proportion of this industry group is much higher in Kent than that seen regionally (13.6%) and nationally (12.7%).

Read the UK business survey.

Kent has a high proportion of micro businesses - the latest data shows that 90% of all Kent’s businesses employ less than ten people. The majority of these businesses employ less than five people. Those firms employing 100 or more employees account for just under 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 and social work activities and then 10.1% in education.

Read the BRES bulletin.

The latest 1-year survival rate for businesses in Kent is 89.7%.  This is slightly lower than survival rate in the South East (90.1%) but just above Great Britain (89.0%).

Find out about the business demography.