Census 2001


  • The South East Region has increased by nearly 5% between 1991 and 2001.
  • Milton Keynes is the fastest growing area in the South East Region, where the population has grown by nearly 29,000 between 1991 and 2001.
WorthingSE RegionUK
Total Population97,5688,000,64558,789,194
Percentage change since 19910.4%5%2.5%
Total Males45,7643,905,15528,579,869
Total Females51,8044,095,49030,209,325
Age 0-1517,78011,858,857
Age 16-7466,66242,525,596
Age 75+131264,404,741

E&W is England and Wales.

Single people (never married)27.1%30.1%
Married or re-married people49.5%50.9%
Separated or divorced12.1%10.6%


  • 71% of people in the South East Region consider themselves in good health compared with 68.8% in England.
Limiting long-term illness20.1%18.2%
General health ‘not good’9.2%9.2%
People providing unpaid care9.8%10%
Providing unpaid care 50 or more hrs/wk1.9%2.1%


  • The average household size in the Region is 2.38 people (the second highest in England), with Slough having the highest in the Region at 2.63.
  • The South East Region has the 2nd highest rate of overcrowded households in England, at 5.9%. London has the highest (17%).
One person households36.4%30%
Married couple households31.3%36.5%
Cohabiting couple households8.2%8.3%
Lone parent households:
– with dependent children5.2%6.5%
with non-dependent children only2.4%
All other households16.5%15.6%
Number of households with residents44,1283,287,489
Number of people per hectare304.2
Average household size2.152.38
Vacant household spaces2.9%91,301 3.2%
Owner-occupied77%2,431,459 68.9%
Without central heating7.6%200,551 8.5%
Without own bath/shower & toilet1.115,991 0.5%
Overcrowding indicator7.1%195,392 7%

Car Ownership

  • The South East Region has the greatest proportion of households in England with 3 or more cars,
  • More households in the South East Region have access to a car than any other region.
  • l9.4% have no access to a car or van compared with 26.8% across England.
Households without car/van26%26.8%
Household with 1 car or van45.9%43.8%
Household with 2 or more cars/vans28.1%29.4%


  • More than 95% of the population in the South East Region are White
    compared with just under 91% across England.

  • There are a similar proportion of mixed White and Asian people to the average for England (0.4%), but a lower than average proportion of other minority ethnic groups.


  • Less than 25% of persons aged 16-74 in the South East Region have no
    qualifications. This is the 2nd fewest in England afler London,
Qualifications at degree level or higher17.5%19.8%
No qualifications25.2%29.1%


Long-term unemployed0.6%1%
Student (economically active)2.6%2.6%
Student (economically inactive)2.3%4.7%
Looking after home/family5.8% 6.5%
Permanently sick or disabled4.7%5.5%
Other inactive2.3%3.1%

Travel to work

Travel to work by car63.6%61.5%
Travel to work by public transport7.4%14.5%


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