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Facts about Dover District


Based on the 2001 Census the population of the District is 104,566. The population of the Dover urban area is 32,598 and that of Deal is 28,768. The area of the District is 31,892 hectares (78,805 acres or 123 square miles).


At the 2001 Census, there were 46,260 dwellings in the District; 72% of them owner occupied, 11% managed by the Council, 10% rented privately and 4% housing association stock. For the period 1993-8, housing completions have averaged 274 per year.


Census information shows that there are 47,653 economically active people in the District. Of these, 39% of people are in full time employment, 13% in part time and 8% are self employed.

Employment in the District is essentially dependent upon service industries, particularly those related to transport and distribution. At the time of the Census, around 10% were employed in manufacturing, 7% in construction, 16% in transport, 14% in retail and 53% in agriculture, health work, education and other services.


In December 2003, the resident based unemployment rate for the District was 2.3%, compared to 1.9% for Kent and 2.9% for Great Britain as a whole. In recognition of the economic difficulties caused by the closure of the East Kent Coalfield and the effect of the Channel Tunnel on the Port of Dover the District has Assisted Area status and much of the rural area is a Rural Development Area.

Explanation of Terms

  • Local Authority (LA)
  • Housing Association/Registered Social Landlord (HA/RSL)
  • Renting from employer and living rent free
  • Full-time is defined as working 31 hours or more a week
  • Part-time is defined as working 30 hours or less a week
  • A dependent child is a person aged 0-15 in a household or a person aged 16-18 who is a full time student and in a family with parents
  • Level 1: 1+ 'O' Levels/CSE/GCSE (any grade), NVQ Level 1, Foundation GNVQ
  • Level 2: 5+ 'O' Levels, 5+ CSEs (grade 1), 5+ GCSEs (Grade A to C), 1+ A/AS Level, NVQ Level 2, Intermediate GNVQ or equivalent
  • Level 3: 2+ A Levels, 4+ AS Levels, NVQ Level 3, Advanced GNVQ or equivalent
  • Level 4/5: First Degree, Higher Degree, NVQ Levels, 4-5, HND, HNC, Qualified Teacher, Doctor, Dentist, Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor or equivalent
  • Other: eg City & Guilds, RSA/OCR, BTEC/Ed excel, Other Professional Qualifications
  • Includes working from home and travelling to work by light rail

*Direct comparison with 1991 Census information is impossible due to Ward boundary changes

Source: 2001 Census: Office for National Statistics

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