Citizen Kent’s traffic gripes
How does your lifestyle match up to the findings of our new Kent survey?
CITIZEN Kent is most likely to have lived in the county for a decade or more.
He or she is probably buying, or has already bought, their home.
They like the area and won’t be rushing to move away, although they get grumpy about the traffic and the bad behaviour of young people.
Many commute to work – probably not more than a few miles, though – and there’s one, possibly two, cars parked outside their home (for the majority).
With about £35,000 a year gross coming in, many will have digital TV – possibly even an iPod, home computer or laptop which they may use for surfing the net.
Mind you, there’s still time to look at the paper, read a book and pop out for a meal or a drink.
There’s also a reasonable chance that Citizen Kent is, indeed, a truly good citizen who volunteers to help the local community.
They can organise their lives on their mobile phone, maybe with a text message.
We know all this from data gathered through a Kent and Medway Citizens’ Panel (KMCP) survey, where a representative sample of 1,838 Kent and Medway residents were interviewed by Ipsos MORI to peer into the lifestyles of those across the region.
The survey was commissioned by the KM Group and Kent County Council and will be used to help identify future changes.
Here are some of the statistics.
More than eight in 10 residents have lived in Kent or Medway for more than 10 years and 69 per cent for 21 years or longer.
Nine out of 10 think it is “likely” that they will continue living in the county for at least five years.
One quarter has been in the same home for more than 20 years and only eight per cent think it “unlikely” they will continue living in the county for the next five years.
When the survey was conducted – before the credit crunch began making big headlines – more than eight-out-of-10 were “satisfied” with Kent as a place to live or their local neighbourhood.
Those who expected their neighbourhood to go downhill and “get worse” over the next few years were outnumbered by two to one by those who believed it would “get better”.
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 people aged 16 and over between February 25 and April 30, 2008.