Sat­is­fac­tory, that’s your life in Kent

SUR­VEY RE­SULT: Nine out of 10 res­i­dents are con­tent with the county as a place to live

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

WHAT a set­tled and con­tented lot we ap­pear to be. A new sur­vey of those aged 16 and over liv­ing across Kent and Med­way shows that most of us are sat­is­fied with life in the re­gion, al­though wor­ried about the im­pact of an eco­nomic down­turn. The Kent and Med­way Sur­vey for the KM Group and Kent County Coun­cil in­volved more than 1,800 peo­ple. It re­vealed that al­most nine out of 10 res­i­dents (87 per cent) are sat­is­fied with Kent and Med­way as a place to live and only eight per cent thought it “un­likely” they would con­tinue liv­ing in the county for the next five years. That’s hardly sur­pris­ing. More than 80 per cent are “sat­is­fied” with their lo­cal neigh­bour­hood as a place to live. A ma­jor­ity (67 per cent) ex­pected their lo­cal neigh­bour­hood to “get bet­ter” as a place to live or at least “stay the same” over the next two or three years. There are con­cerns. Trans­port/roads and crime are top ar­eas felt to be in need for im­prove­ment, par­tic­u­larly the state of the roads and the amount of anti–so­cial be­hav­iour. The av­er­age gross an­nual house­hold in­come in Kent County Coun­cil’s re­gion is more than £34,000 – al­most £9,000 higher than for those res­i­dent in Med­way. For one in four Kent and Med­way house­holds gross in­come is £15,500 or less. One in five (19 per cent) Kent and Med­way res­i­dents are sin­gle and 61 per cent live in house­holds without chil­dren.

Up­wardly mo­bile

Ap­proach­ing nine in 10 (86 per cent) have a mo­bile phone, and more than six in 10 (69 per cent) use the in­ter­net or send text mes­sages – 61 per cent at least once a week. BBC TV was tops for telly as a favourite chan­nel, even though across all of the re­spon­dents ques­tioned seven out of 10 (71 per cent) had the choices pro­vided by dig­i­tal or Free­view. Seven out of 10 ei­ther owned their house (38 per cent) or are buy­ing it on a mort­gage (35 per cent) and 10 per cent had three cars or light vans or more in their house­holds. One quar­ter are in­volved with a char­ity and 18 per cent are ac­tive vol­un­teers in the last two or three years. Many have given un­paid help to groups, clubs or or­gan­i­sa­tions in the last 12 months. Three quar­ters find out what is hap­pen­ing in Kent and Med­way by read­ing lo­cal or na­tional pa­pers. Watch out for more sto­ries from the Kent and Med­way Cit­i­zens’ Panel (KMCP) sur­vey.

The sur­vey was con­ducted for KCC and the KM Group by Ip­sos MORI. Face-to-face in-home in­ter­views were con­ducted across Kent and Med­way with 1,838 res­i­dents aged 16 and over be­tween Fe­bru­ary 25 and April 30, 2008.

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