Satisfactory, that’s your life in Kent
SURVEY RESULT: Nine out of 10 residents are content with the county as a place to live
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.
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.