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Population and Census Information

Population estimates for 2013

The latest population estimate (mid 2013) for Swale is 139,171. More details can be found on the Neighbourhood Statistics website.

Individual Ward and Parish population estimates are also available to view. The Office for National Statistics Neighbourhood Statistics site is also a good source of population and other statistical information.

Population estimates for 2011

The Office for National Statistics has published (25 September 2012) 2011 mid-year population estimates, based on the 2011 Census. The data reflects changes in population between Census Day (March 27 2011) and 30 June 2011 (mid-year 2011), based on births, deaths and migration.

For Swale, this results in an estimated increase in population of around 500, to 136,300. View a breakdown of population (in thousands) by age bracket for all areas in Kent.

AreaAll01-45-910-1415-1920-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-6465-6970-7475-7980-8485-8990+
Kent 1,466.5 17.8 71.5 84.5 90.9 96.1 87.8 83.4 83.0 90.8 108.1 110.2 96.0 85.6 95.8 78.8 60.4 49.8 38.7 23.7 13.5
Ashford 118.4 1.5 6.3 7.4 7.8 7.7 6.2 6.5 6.6 7.5 9.5 9.2 7.6 6.8 7.6 6.4 4.6 3.7 2.8 1.8 1.0
Canterbury 150.6 1.5 6.0 7.6 8.4 12.4 16.6 8.6 7.3 7.8 9.4 9.7 8.8 8.3 9.6 8.1 6.4 5.3 4.4 2.9 1.7
Dartford 97.6 1.4 5.3 6.0 5.9 6.1 6.1 7.1 7.2 7.0 7.6 7.4 6.2 5.1 5.0 4.0 3.2 2.8 2.1 1.3 0.6
Dover 111.7 1.2 5.0 5.9 6.6 7.1 5.8 5.9 5.8 6.2 7.8 8.5 7.8 7.3 8.2 6.9 5.2 4.2 3.3 2.0 1.2
Gravesham 101.8 1.3 5.4 6.3 6.5 6.8 6.4 6.7 6.4 6.6 7.6 7.6 6.5 5.6 5.8 4.8 3.8 3.4 2.4 1.3 0.7
Maidstone 155.8 2.0 7.6 8.8 9.4 9.4 8.5 9.7 9.7 10.1 11.9 12.0 10.4 9.2 10.1 8.2 6.3 5.1 3.8 2.3 1.2
Sevenoaks 115.4 1.4 5.7 6.9 7.1 7.0 5.3 5.2 6.3 7.4 8.7 9.2 8.0 7.2 8.2 6.5 4.9 4.2 3.3 1.9 1.1
Shepway 108.2 1.2 4.8 5.6 6.3 6.6 6.2 5.6 5.6 6.2 7.7 7.8 7.3 6.6 8.1 6.6 5.2 4.1 3.3 2.2 1.3
Swale 136.3 1.8 7.0 8.0 8.8 8.8 7.8 8.2 7.8 8.5 10.0 10.6 9.0 8.0 9.2 7.3 5.5 4.2 3.1 1.8 0.9
Thanet 134.4 1.6 6.5 7.3 8.5 8.6 7.4 7.3 6.9 7.2 8.9 9.4 8.5 8.1 9.5 8.1 6.4 5.3 4.3 2.9 1.7
Tonbridge and Malling 121.11 1.3 6.1 7.7 8.1 8.2 5.8 5.8 6.6 8.4 9.8 9.7 8.4 7.0 7.5 6.3 4.9 4.1 2.9 1.6 0.9
Tunbridge Wells 115.2 1.5 5.8 7.0 7.6 7.4 5.5 6.7 7.0 8.1 9.1 9.2 7.7 6.4 7.0 5.6 4.1 3.6 3.0 1.8 1.1

Census 2011 data

Ward population and households breakdown

Ward name Population Households
Abbey 6,084 2,749
Borden 2,432 988
Boughton and Courtenay 5,626 2,288
Chalkwell 5,451 2,267
Davington Priory 2,593 1,096
East Downs 2,788 1,123
Grove 7,334 2,875
Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch 5,778 2,322
Iwade and Lower Halstow 4,267 1,630
Kemsley 7,621 2,909
Leysdown and Warden 3,019 1,336
Milton Regis 4,947 1,976
Minster Cliffs 7,513 3,154
Murston 5,977 2,469
Queenborough and Halfway 7,523 3,139
Roman 5,022 2,171
Sheerness East 5,842 2,441
Sheerness West 6,096 2,567
Sheppey Central 10,298 3,726
St Ann's 5,268 2,270
St Michaels 6,143 2,516
Teynham and Lynsted 5,323 2,235
Watling 5,371 2,230
West Downs 2,638 1,057
Woodstock 4,881 2,051
Total
135,835 55,585

Population by five year age group by ward

AreaAll5-910-1415-1920-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-6465-6970-7475-7980-8485-8990+
Abbey 6,084 294 305 322 389 509 451 396 424 410 341 338 363 279 212 168 170 131 102
Borden 2,432 103 151 147 109 112 108 134 180 207 185 163 239 172 102 65 62 47 35
Boughton and Courtenay 5,626 332 380 345 255 226 244 361 426 454 427 358 473 391 271 183 133 70 24
Chalkwell 5,451 296 372 367 368 464 407 390 368 380 304 243 299 246 173 122 126 71 36
Davington Priory 2,593 153 172 189 140 112 118 111 176 240 167 165 185 144 142 100 86 34 15
East Downs 2,788 161 221 173 105 66 90 145 240 270 252 186 212 174 160 104 69 34 17
Grove 7,334 516 501 424 413 500 518 582 614 511 413 371 408 319 227 195 142 74 42
Hartlip, Newington and Upchurch 5,778 308 370 368 283 228 265 320 477 491 411 393 457 356 287 211 150 74 46
Iwade and Lower Halstow 4,267 338 294 248 188 224 367 373 361 371 260 230 241 173 111 63 38 31 11
Kemsley 7,621 641 575 488 429 581 597 638 637 627 460 352 383 217 156 93 59 22 17
Leysdown and Warden 3,019 158 188 176 128 140 96 132 195 235 232 233 283 248 173 108 82 32 16
Milton Regis 4,947 312 326 364 334 298 257 271 375 366 343 300 294 207 175 163 132 78 44
Minster Cliffs 7,513 310 438 524 391 248 270 373 527 602 539 543 745 593 428 309 205 107 56
Murston 5,977 402 397 391 411 493 484 429 416 404 334 303 322 229 197 130 72 45 26
Queenborough and Halfway 7,523 437 500 501 427 435 409 403 488 556 531 445 546 436 349 272 167 100 48
Roman 5,022 267 298 343 324 372 326 268 356 363 306 299 341 233 180 182 129 81 35
Sheerness East 5,842 421 374 444 507 457 384 320 398 436 381 272 253 178 144 110 91 53 31
Sheerness West 6,096 439 474 418 380 419 310 332 413 413 381 341 342 298 220 180 147 72 31
Sheppey Central 10,298 482 630 666 753 786 626 704 828 801 709 590 669 498 396 253 191 89 51
St Ann's 5,268 308 350 278 254 276 298 371 403 427 377 324 335 288 239 178 126 64 29
St Michaels 6,143 345 366 414 400 415 397 421 446 476 367 327 362 285 222 196 163 104 40
Teynham and Lynsted 5,323 290 326 348 249 284 232 318 414 400 389 356 444 327 269 166 125 69 39
Watling 5,371 286 320 324 225 313 271 336 375 411 361 316 398 291 243 216 154 98 57
West Downs 2,638 170 180 137 111 80 76 168 213 265 185 207 207 196 116 100 73 31 16
Woodstock 4,881 203 272 311 217 142 174 199 322 386 324 331 423 402 319 301 213 133 51
Total 135,835 7,972 8,780 8,710 7,790 8,180 7,775 8,495 10,072 10,502 8,979 7,986 9,224 7,180 5,511 4,168 3,105 1,744 915

Population estimates for 2011

This information is based on Census 2011 ward based population estimates.

Town Data

Town Population
Faversham 19,300
Sheerness 12,000
Sittingbourne  47,400

Area Data

Area Population
Faversham 33,000
Isle of Sheppey 40,300
Sittingbourne 62,500

 

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Census - News

The last census happened on Sunday 27 March 2011, and the first data from the Census was released on 16 July. More releases will take place throughout 2012-13.  For more details about the data being released view the ONS website.

Headline Figures

Data on second homes was released in October 2012:

What is the Census

Every ten years the Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales, and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods.

The census asks about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, religion, marital status and so on. These statistics are then used to build a picture of today's society.

Why should this matter?

Like all local authorities in England and Wales, Swale Borough Council relies on census population statistics to get the government funding we need for public services. How much we get is directly related to how many and what kind of people the census says live in our area. So even if the census were to end up just a few households short, it could make a very real difference to people's lives. The census needs to include everyone, everywhere - and that's why everyone has to take part.

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When did the Census happen?

The last census happened on the 27 March 2011.

Who carries out the census?

In England and Wales the census is planned and carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). ONS produces a wide range of regular, high quality, professional statistics.

Elsewhere in the UK, responsibility lies with the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and the General Register Office for Scotland.

Why do we have a census?

The census tells us how many people live in the UK and what types of services they need now and are likely to need in the future. It helps the Government and your local council to allocate funds, decide future policy and plan important services such as transport, housing, health and schools.

Why is it important?

The amount of money that councils have to spend on services for the next 10 years will be based on the number and type of people living in the local area.

If everyone does not complete a census form the results won't show complete information about local communities and a council might not get all the funding it needs.

What does the census tell us?

The census asks everyone the same questions at the same time to produce a unique set of facts and figures about the UK.

It tells us about:

How did the census start?

The first census in 1801 took place because the Government was worried that the country's supply of food may not be enough to feed the growing population. It asked five questions and the results showed 10 million people living in two million households.

By comparison the last census, held in 2001, asked 40 questions. The results showed there were almost 60 million people and approximately 24 million households.

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