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If you are thinking of moving to South Stour or just want to know a what the area is like, the statistics on this page should give you a good introduction. They cover a range of socio-economic factors so you can compare South Stour to figures for Kent and nationally. These statistics can tell you if South Stour is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.

South Stour Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in South Stour come from the Department for Work & Pensions and are dated . They can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and possible indicator of how hard it would be to get employment in the area. The rate of unemployment in South Stour is both lower than the average for Kent and lower than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe easier than most places. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in South Stour than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitAshfordKentEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)2.4%2.7%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)1.9%2.1%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)11.8%12.6%13.5%

South Stour Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of South Stour are from the UK Census of 2011. Since South Stour has a higher level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a lower rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does not have a significant immigrant population.

CountryAshfordKentEngland
United Kingdom90.7%90.9%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.5%0.6%0.7%
Other EU Countries2.8%3.2%3.7%
Outside the EU5.9%5.4%9.4%

South Stour Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of South Stour and are from the UK Census of 2011.

QualificationAshfordKentEngland
No Qualifications21.2%22.5%22.5%
Level 115.6%14.7%13.3%
Level 217.8%16.9%15.2%
Apprenticeship3.9%3.8%3.6%
Level 312%12.3%12.4%
Level 424.6%24.7%27.4%
Other4.9%5.1%5.7%

South Stour Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

South Stour has a higher rate of home ownership, either outright or via a mortgage than the national average, which suggests that South Stour is a relatively affluent area.

TenureAshfordKentEngland
Owned31.8%33.1%30.6%
Mortgage36.6%34.2%32.8%
Shared1.3%1%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)9.8%5.8%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)4.6%8.1%8.3%
Private Rented12.9%15.1%15.4%
Other1.4%1.5%1.4%
Rent Free1.5%1.3%1.3%

South Stour Age Distribution Statistics

The population of South Stour as a whole, is older than the national average. However, the population of South Stour is younger than the Kent average.

AgeAshfordKentEngland
Age 0 to 46.6%6.1%6.3%
Age 5 to 96.2%5.7%5.6%
Age 10 to146.6%6.2%5.8%
Age 15 to 174%4%3.7%
Age 18 to 247.7%8.6%9.4%
Age 25 to 295.5%5.7%6.9%
Age 30 to 4420%19.3%20.6%
Age 45 to 5919.9%19.8%19.4%
Age 60 to 646.5%6.6%6%
Age 65 to 749.2%9.4%8.6%
Age 75 to 845.4%6%5.5%
Age 85 and over2.3%2.5%2.3%
Mean Age39.640.339.3
Median Age404139

South Stour General Health Statistics

The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for South Stour. The percentage of residents in South Stour rating their health as 'very good' is more than the national average. Also the percentage of residents in South Stour rating their health as 'very bad' is less than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of South Stour is generally better than in the average person in England.

HealthAshfordKentEngland
Very Good47.58%46.68%47.17%
Good35.09%34.87%34.22%
Fair12.74%13.32%13.12%
Bad3.53%4.00%4.25%
Very Bad1.06%1.14%1.25%

South Stour Social Grade & Occcupation Statistics

Social grade is a classification based on occupation and it enables a household and all its members to be classified according to the job of the main income earner.

GradeAshfordKentEngland
AB22.33%22.42%22.96%
C131.01%31.89%30.92%
C223.50%22.46%20.64%
DE23.16%23.22%25.49%


Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.

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