Coat of arms of Kent
Coat of arms
Motto: "Invicta"
Kent within England
Kent in England
Coordinates: 51°11′N 0°44′E / 51°11′N 0°44′E / 51.19; 0.73
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country England
RegionSouth East
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantPhilip Sidney
High SheriffMrs Susan Jane Ashton [1] (2018-19)
Area3,736 km2 (1,442 sq mi)
 • Ranked10th of 48
Population (mid-2016 est.)1,820,400
 • Ranked6th of 48
Density486/km2 (1,260/sq mi)
Ethnicity89% White British
Non-metropolitan county
County councilKent County Council
Admin HQMaidstone
Area3,544 km2 (1,368 sq mi)
 • Ranked10th of 27
 • Ranked1st of 27
Density434/km2 (1,120/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-KEN
ONS code29
GSS codeE10000016
Districts of Kent
Unitary County council area
  1. Sevenoaks
  2. Dartford
  3. Gravesham
  4. Tonbridge and Malling
  5. Medway
  6. Maidstone
  7. Tunbridge Wells
  8. Swale
  9. Ashford
  10. City of Canterbury
  11. Folkestone and Hythe
  12. Thanet
  13. Dover
Members of ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceKent Police
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time (UTC)
 • Summer (DST)British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Kent (t/) is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames (connected by land via High Speed 1 and the Dartford Crossing), and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.

Canterbury Cathedral in Kent has been the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England, since the conversion of England to Christianity by Saint Augustine began in the 6th century. Rochester Cathedral is also located in Kent, in Medway. It is the second-oldest Cathedral in England, with Canterbury Cathedral being the oldest. Between London and the Strait of Dover, which separates it from mainland Europe, Kent has seen both diplomacy and conflict, ranging from the Leeds Castle peace talks of 1978 and 2004 to the Battle of Britain in World War II.

England relied on the county's ports to provide warships through much of its history; the Cinque Ports in the 12th–14th centuries and Chatham Dockyard in the 16th–20th centuries were of particular importance. France can be seen clearly in fine weather from Folkestone and the White Cliffs of Dover. Hills in the form of the North Downs and the Greensand Ridge span the length of the county and in the series of valleys in between and to the south are most of the county's 26 castles.

Because of its relative abundance of fruit-growing and hop gardens, Kent is known as 'The Garden of England'.[2][3] The title was defended in 2006 when a survey of beautiful counties by the UKTV Style Gardens channel put Kent in fifth place, behind North Yorkshire, Devon, Derbyshire and Gloucestershire.[3]

Kent's economy is greatly diversified. Haulage, logistics, and tourism are major industries; major industries in north-west Kent include aggregate building materials, printing and scientific research. Coal mining has also played its part in Kent's industrial heritage. Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt and its strong transport connections to the capital and the nearby continent makes Kent a high-income county. Twenty-eight per cent of the county forms part of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the North Downs and The High Weald.


The name Kent is believed to be of British Celtic origin and was known in Old English as Cent, Cent lond, Centrice (all pronounced with a hard “C” as “Kent-”). In Latin sources Kent is mentioned as Cantia, Canticum. The meaning is explained by some researchers as "coastal district," or "corner-land, land on the edge" (compare Welsh cant "bordering of a circle, tire, edge," Breton cant "circle").[4][5] If so, the name could be etymologically related to the placename Cantabria, historically a Celtiberian-speaking coastal region in pre-Roman Iberia, today a province of Spain.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Kent
Ænglisc: Cent
العربية: كنت
asturianu: Kent
azərbaycanca: Kent
Bân-lâm-gú: Kent
беларуская: Кент
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Кент
български: Кент
bosanski: Kent
brezhoneg: Kontelezh Kent
català: Kent
Чӑвашла: Кент
čeština: Kent
Cymraeg: Caint
dansk: Kent
Deutsch: Kent
eesti: Kent
Ελληνικά: Κεντ
español: Kent
Esperanto: Kent
euskara: Kent
français: Kent
Frysk: Kent
Gaeilge: Kent
Gaelg: Kent
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Kent
한국어: 켄트 주
हिन्दी: केंट
Ido: Kent
Bahasa Indonesia: Kent
interlingua: Kent
íslenska: Kent
italiano: Kent
עברית: קנט
kernowek: Kint
Latina: Cantium
latviešu: Kenta
Lëtzebuergesch: Kent
lietuvių: Kentas
magyar: Kent
मराठी: केंट
Nederlands: Kent (graafschap)
Nordfriisk: Kent
norsk: Kent
norsk nynorsk: Kent
occitan: Kent
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Kent
پنجابی: کینٹ
polski: Kent
português: Kent
română: Kent
Runa Simi: Kent
русский: Кент
Scots: Kent
sicilianu: Kent
Simple English: Kent
slovenčina: Kent (grófstvo)
slovenščina: Kent
српски / srpski: Кент
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kent
ไทย: เคนต์
українська: Кент
اردو: کینٹ
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: Ként
Tiếng Việt: Kent
Volapük: Kent
ייִדיש: קענט
粵語: 根德郡
中文: 肯特郡