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Living in Maidstone: The Local Area Guide

Located 32 miles southeast of London, In its past, Maidstone has seen settlement by the Romans and the Normans and played its role in pivotal moments throughout English history, such as the Peasants' Revolt and the English Civil War. Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery is located in the town centre, open seven days a week with free admission, it’s perfect for discovering local and world historical treasures.

Despite its historical influence, Maidstone sits a vibrant, modern town with a wealth of amenities and opportunities to discover. With excellent transport links to London and the rest of the county, not to mention a variety of education and vocational opportunities, you're sure to fall in love with Kent's county town.

Demographics

Maidstone's population in the 2011 Census was recorded as 155,143, compared to 138,948 in 2001 and has increased by 16,195 people, or 12%. The population is made up of 51% females and 49% males. 40-44 and 45-49 are the largest age groups, making up 15% of the total population.

In Maidstone, the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance has fallen between 2012 and 2013, by 16.7%, which reflects the trend in Kent, the South East and Great Britain. Maidstone has a youth unemployment rate of 4.4%, lower than the national average of 5.8%.

Around a quarter of residents in Maidstone have a degree level qualification or above, which is a lower percentage than those in the South East and England. Residents who registered their highest qualification as GCSEs or A levels made up 44.4%.

Education

There are 15 secondary schools, 23 primary schools, and two special schools that serve the town's children. Non-selective secondary schools include Maplesden Noakes, St. Simon Stock, and Valley Park, the latter of which is consistently in the top percent of the country for value added teaching. Grammar schools serving the town include Invicta Grammar School (currently celebrating a 99% A*-C GCSE pass rate) and Maidstone Grammar School, where 'Lord of the Flies' author, William Golding, taught both English and Music between 1938-40.

Maidstone is also the location of the regional campus of the University for the Creative Arts, at which Turner Prize nominated artist Tracey Emin studied.

Transport

Maidstone is well served as far as transport routes are concerned, with the M20 motorway, the A229, A249, A20 and A26 in close proximity. The town also has three railway stations, Maidstone East, West & Barracks. These stations connect to the Medway Towns, the rest of Kent, and various London stations.

Bus Routes include services from High Street, King Street and the Chequers Bus Station next to the Mall shopping centre. These routes serve nearby towns including Chatham, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, and Tenterden. There is also a limited service to Bluewater Shopping Centre.

Amenities and Shopping

Maidstone is home to many recognizable household names, from Tesco to Next, Marks & Spencer to Lush. Maidstone is also ranked in the top five shopping centres in the south east of England. Much of this is due to the wide array of shops located within the two main shopping centres – The Mall and Fremlin Walk.

The Lockmeadow Centre (a recent development within Maidstone) contains a multiplex cinema, numerous restaurants, nightclubs, and is home to the town's market square.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

p>All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith

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